13 September 2012
The new low-cost carrier terminal KLIA2, in Sepang, is set to host 10 frills-free airlines when operational in May 2013, says Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) CFO Faizal Mansor.
"Once the airport is operational in May 2013, MAHB will have almost 10 low-cost carriers (LCCs) flying from there. Among them are Zest Airways, Lion Air, Tiger Airways, Cebu Pacific Air and definitely, AirAsia.
"We would love to welcome more airlines to KLIA2. Five years ago, there were only five LCCs, but now there are about 30 to 40 budget carriers," Faizal told Bernama in an interview.
He said the latest to join the group of airlines is Malindo Airways, which was introduced on Tuesday, through a joint venture between National Aerospace and Defence Industries Sdn Bhd (Nadi) and PT Lion Group.
On Malindo Airways, Faizal said MAHB will commence detailed discussions with the new budget carrier soon, particularly on the level of space and facilities that it needs at the new airport.
"We have very plain understanding and have not gone to the details yet.
"MAHB welcomes the new airline to Malaysia as well as to KLIA2. For an airport, the more the competition, the better," he added.