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6 November 2012
Almost there: Syed Hamid (left) inspecting the ERL line extension project
during a site visit to KLIA2. Accompanying him are Noormah and Azmi.
High-speed train service operator, Express Rail Link (ERL), expects the 2.14 KM line extension from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) to be completed by end-March next year.
"The project is 73.33 per cent complete as of Oct 31 this year. The commercial services would commence together with KLIA2 in May next year," its Chief Executive Officer Noormah Mohd Noor told a media briefing on the ERL extension to KLIA2 here today.
The ERL expects the line extension to increase passengers by 40 per cent, translating into 60 per cent additional revenue yearly.It currently handles over 5.3 million passengers.
Noormah said the company was trying to woo new passengers who were using taxis as a medium of transport to the present low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT), which costs a higher fare of between RM80 and RM90, as compared with the ERL's RM35 and additional RM2 for inter-terminal fare.
"Currently, we record 1,300 passengers per day travelling via our KLIA Transit from KL Sentral to LCCT. We also provide buses from Salak Tinggi-KLIA transit station to LCCT," she said.
To avoid confusion among passengers, Noormah said both KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit would operate at the same platform, which is at the current KLIA Ekspres platform in KLIA, and would be the same for KLIA2.
The journey time between KLIA and KLIA2 would take three minutes and would take 33 minutes to travel between KL Sentral and KLIA2, via the KLIA Ekspres and 39 minutes via KLIA Transit.