Catering to travellers’ needs

10 July 2014 Ambank (M) Bhd has opened its first full-service branch in an airport and first Bureau de Change (BDC) in the recently opened international low-cost airport, klia2, to tap into the 25 million visitors expected to pass through the terminal each year. The branch, which has been operating at the airport for two … Continue reading Catering to travellers’ needs

Has red gone green?

7 July 2014 Has no-frills Tune Hotel decided to go green? Environmentally, yes, but surely not in experience, providing international accommodation at good deals and great savings. Complementing the newly opened second terminal in Sepang, Tune Hotel klia2 recently launchedits first green, energy-efficienthotel within its chain. The hotel received plaudits in the industry. Beyond the … Continue reading Has red gone green?

Terminal retail therapy

1 July 2014 Gateway@klia2 recently opened its doors as the latest spot for those who want some retail therapy with its “airport within a mall” concept. The integrated mall is located between the drop-off point and main terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2. “Gateway@klia2 was designed to cater not only to travellers at the … Continue reading Terminal retail therapy

MAHB flying high?

28 June 2014 Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is confident of achieving its passenger traffic target of 26.7 million for Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)’s Main Terminal Building (MTB) by year-end, despite the missing MAS flight MH370 incident. Speaking at KLIA’s 16th anniversary event yesterday, new MAHB managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said passenger traffic … Continue reading MAHB flying high?

Propelling creativity to the skies

28 June 2014 The first AirAsia plane to land in klia2 features a livery design that’s inspired by creative folks from the region. Krittaphong Wongsachai was beyond ecstatic and perhaps a little awestruck the first time he laid eyes on the AirAsia BIG plane. A perfectly valid reaction, considering how his portrait caricature was blown … Continue reading Propelling creativity to the skies

MAHB celebrates klia2 opening with major retail campaign

27 Jun 2014 Malaysia Airports has launched a major retail campaign to celebrate the long-awaited official opening of its purpose-built low-cost carrier terminal klia2. Entitled ‘Destination Curious’, the campaign kicked off on 26 June with the ‘Wonderful Visit to Oz’ contest, offering klia2 travellers the chance to win discount and cash vouchers and a trip … Continue reading MAHB celebrates klia2 opening with major retail campaign

AirAsia boss exits Twitterjaya

27 June 2014 AirAsia’s head honcho Tan Sri Tony Fernandes closed his Twitter account today, triggering an outpouring of response from his followers who expressed regret at his departure from the social media site. Fernandes (pic), who is also one of Malaysia’s more prominent figures on Twitter, announced at 2.20pm that he was closing his … Continue reading AirAsia boss exits Twitterjaya

MAHB invests RM7 million to upgrade communications at five airports

28 June 2014 Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has invested RM7 million to upgrade communications at its five international airports using the Terrestrial Trunk Radio (Tetra) system. Tetra is specifically designed for used both in public safety and commercial space. MAHB general manager (planning and development), Nor Azlina Mohd Isa, said the Kuala Lumpur International … Continue reading MAHB invests RM7 million to upgrade communications at five airports

A Global Benchmark

25 June 2014 The new Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2), Malaysia’s first hybrid airport, is set to be the country’s catalyst for growth in the expanding aviation sector. The country’s latest international gateway, which is expected to serve some 45 million passengers annually, three times more than the now decommissioned Low Cost Carrier Terminal … Continue reading A Global Benchmark

AmBank opens klia2 branch

23 June 2014 AmBank Bhd today opened its first airport branch and Bureau de Change (BDC) to provide ease and convenience for travellers and shoppers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2). AmBank Group chairman, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, said Gateway@klia2, the first Ambank airport branch, and BDC, were planned to enchance efficiency and … Continue reading AmBank opens klia2 branch

SITA helps enable smooth starts at klia2

20 June 2014 SITA, the world's leading air transport IT and communications specialist, has helped provide a smooth start to flight and passenger operations at Kuala Lumpur's new airport terminal, klia2, said Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd (MAHB). The airport operator said SITA's AirportConnect Open platform automates passenger processing for the terminal, which officially opened on … Continue reading SITA helps enable smooth starts at klia2

Depressions do not affect safety of klia2 – Hishammuddin

20 June 2014 acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein The problem of depressions in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) does not affect its safety besides still meeting with international standards, said acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. However, he said the monitoring of the problem would be continued by … Continue reading Depressions do not affect safety of klia2 – Hishammuddin

Happy landing

16 June 2014 AirAsia and its founder Tony Fernandes are probably content now that Ahmad Bashir has stepped down as managing director of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB).  Ahmad Bashir Some even believe the outspoken and influential Mr Fernandes had a hand in denying a contract renewal for Bashir, though the latter maintains he had … Continue reading Happy landing

‘Pyjama party’ at klia2 hotel

12 June 2014 OVER 200 winners descended upon the brand new Tune Hotel klia2 and enjoyed a fun-filled evening as the hotel organised a “Pyjama Party” to celebrate its opening. Sharing travel tales: Guests at the Tune Hotel klia2 Pyjama Party. Ten winners of the Tune Hotels’ #RoomerHasIt Facebook campaign were able to invite family … Continue reading ‘Pyjama party’ at klia2 hotel

AirAsia keen to share system

5 June 2014 AirAsia Bhd may consider sharing its native check-in system with other airlines in klia2 if the move improves operational efficiency and mitigates security risk at the new terminal. AirAsia‘s check-in system Chief executive officer Aireen Omar said there was a possibility its check-in system, which is a local product, could be implemented … Continue reading AirAsia keen to share system

Cabbies unhappy with klia2

4 June 2014 It’s a spanking new airport boasting of the latest facilities, but taxi drivers have a lot of complaints about klia2. They claimed that they had to park their vehicles under solar roofing some 8km from klia2 while they wait for the cue to pick up passengers from the terminal building. Livelihood under … Continue reading Cabbies unhappy with klia2

RapidKL to provide bus service for Superbike fans this weekend

4 June 2014 RapidKL will be providing bus shuttle service between Sepang International Circuit (SIC) and the city for the upcoming three-day World Superbike Championship starting this Friday. RapidKL Buses Rapid Bus chief executive officer, Datuk Zohari Sulaiman said the bus service would also cover travel between the circuit and the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) … Continue reading RapidKL to provide bus service for Superbike fans this weekend

AirAsia’s new terminal headache

4 June 2014 LCC frets over taxes and technology rules It has all the sophisticated goodies required for a modern-day mega airport: the capacity to handle 45 million passengers a year, the world’s tallest control tower and a sizeable dedicated shopping mall, to name a few. An AirAsia A320 taxis past klia2‘s unique skybridge While … Continue reading AirAsia’s new terminal headache

AirAsia new HQ at klia2

4 June 2014 AirAsia Bhd’s new headquarters at the klia2 here is set for completion by the end of next year. AirAsia new HQ at klia2 Chief executive officer Aireen Omar who did not mention the cost said construction is scheduled to start next month on land leased from Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB). “It … Continue reading AirAsia new HQ at klia2

Ministry appointed 2 independent bodies to review klia2

28 May 2014 The Transport ministry has appointed two independent entities to review allegations involving sinking taxiways and aircraft parking bays at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2). Its acting Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the two independent entities are Ikram Premier Consulting and also the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).  Acting Minister … Continue reading Ministry appointed 2 independent bodies to review klia2

Hisham: klia2 safety assessment report to be out soon

27 May 2014 An independent safety assessment report on the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) will be released soon to answer all safety concerns at the new airport. Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Ikram Premier Consulting and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) will … Continue reading Hisham: klia2 safety assessment report to be out soon

Poser over damage at klia2

25 May 2014 While klia2 is experiencing teething problems, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has said these do not pose a safety threat and that only 1% of the taxiway is affected by soil issues. klia2 with Malindo flights A source, however, told theSun depression of aircraft parking aprons and taxiways are cropping up, caused by the … Continue reading Poser over damage at klia2

Cheaper way to park and fly

24 May 2014 Travellers looking for a better cost-saving option to park their vehicles at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and klia2 may consider the long-term car park (LTCP) near the older airport. A free shuttle service running every 15 minutes between the carpark and both airports would be available 24 hours, said Malaysia Airports … Continue reading Cheaper way to park and fly

klia2 safety

20 May 2014 Statement from Malaysia Airports on klia2 safety “Malaysia Airports wishes to clarify that there is no safety risk on the apron taxiway as alleged by certain quarters.  We have stated in the past that the settlement at localised spots comprising less than 1% of the apron is anticipated due to differential settlement. … Continue reading klia2 safety

MAHB: klia2 taxiways safe, airlines’ operations unaffected

20 May 2014 The Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2)’s taxiways are safe for take-off and landing, airport operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) insisted, after more concerns were raised today over the condition of the new airport’s runways and parking bays.  People queue up at the check-in counters at klia2, Sepang, May 2, 2014. … Continue reading MAHB: klia2 taxiways safe, airlines’ operations unaffected

‘Come clean over klia2 fee’

17 May 2014 CLARIFICATION: AirAsia has not disclosed calculations for amount charged to customers, says source AirAsia's decision to charge RM3 per passenger as a  "klia2 fee" has come under scrutiny as it is being charged only half the amount for the use of aerobridges and check-in  facilities at   Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2). … Continue reading ‘Come clean over klia2 fee’

All’s well at klia2 so far

12 May 2014 Operations at klia2 went smoothly on the third day of AirAsia moving into it from the old LCCT terminal. According to a statement from Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), the Malaysia Airports’ Flight Operations Centre was currently working hand-in-hand with AirAsia’s operational team in order to guide them through the new systems … Continue reading All’s well at klia2 so far

klia2 runs smoothly on third day

11 May 2014 Operations at klia2 went about smoothly on the third day of AirAsia moving to it from the old LCCT terminal. According to a statement from Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) today, the Malaysia Airports' Flight Operations Centre (FOC) was working hand-in-hand with AirAsia's operational team to guide the team (AirAsia) through the … Continue reading klia2 runs smoothly on third day

AirAsia begins klia2 operations

10 May 2014 By Christine Cheah It was a relatively smooth day at klia2 as its main tenant AirAsia officially began operations there. AirAsia The airline has moved its 70 aircraft and 3,550 staff members from the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) to the RM4bil facility, which received its first occupants and users on May 2. … Continue reading AirAsia begins klia2 operations

New Tune Hotel at klia2

8 May 2014 WHEN Tune Hotel KLIA-LCCT in Sepang closes tomorrow, the brand new, 400-room Tune Hotel klia2 opens. The Tune Hotel klia2 is directly connected to the new klia2 terminal via a covered walkway and link bridge. Tune Hotel at the klia2 It’s just a 10-minute walk to the terminal, allowing easy and convenient … Continue reading New Tune Hotel at klia2

MAHB plans airport cities

5 May 2014 Commercial Development: Runway to Success 2020 to help boost non-aeronautical revenue to 55 percent Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) hopes to increase its non-aeronautical revenue to 55 per cent from 50 per cent now by 2020. Randhill Singh It plans to achieve this by developing cities around the Kuala Lumpur International Airport … Continue reading MAHB plans airport cities

When travel plans go awry

4 May 2014 Many Malaysians still see travel insurance as an unnecessary cost. Sunday Star takes a closer look at what it offers and the fine print policy holders should look out for. WITH the new klia2 runway finally opened and AirAsia moving its operations here from LCCT on Friday, travellers are bracing themselves for … Continue reading When travel plans go awry