Bumpy flights in airline industry

27 December 2016 A MAJOR highlight during the year for the airline industry was the announcement of the new Passenger Service Charge (PSC), previously known as “airport tax”, for all airports with effect from Jan 1 next year. The announcement came from the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) on Oct 31, with the key feature of the … Continue reading Bumpy flights in airline industry

MAHB seeks RM298mil compensation from klia2 consultants

23 December 2016 Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has filed for arbitration against three consulting firms that were involved in the klia2 development project, seeking claims totalling as much as RM298mil plus interest. In three separate statements to Bursa Malaysia, MAHB said it had issued notices of arbitration to KLIA Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd (KLIACS), Straits … Continue reading MAHB seeks RM298mil compensation from klia2 consultants

Analysts maintain MAHB’s FY16, FY17 earnings forecasts

14 December 2016 Analysts have maintained earnings forecasts for Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s (MAHB) financial year 2016-2017 (FY16-17) given that passenger growths in Malaysia and Turkey were in line with targets. In a filing to Bursa Malaysia, MAHB said its system of airports including Istanbul SGIA (ISG) recorded 9.8 million passengers in November 2016, a … Continue reading Analysts maintain MAHB’s FY16, FY17 earnings forecasts

Cops: Immigration staff worked with human traffickers

9 December 2016 More than 50 per cent of Immigration personnel manning Immigration counters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and klia2 were replaced in recent months following elements of sabotage in the Malaysian Immigration system (myIMMs). Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had, in a recent exclusive interview with Malay Mail, expressed concern over … Continue reading Cops: Immigration staff worked with human traffickers

MAHB expects Q4 results to soar

8 December 2016 MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) expects to record strong fourth-quarter results this year and end the year on a positive note, encouraged by healthy passenger growth as well as airline arrivals. “We are optimistic about scoring solid results given that the fourth quarter is traditionally a good period when travel picks up,” … Continue reading MAHB expects Q4 results to soar

KLIA’s rapid growth instrumental to Msia’s economic development

25 November 2016 The Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s (KLIA) rapid growth has been instrumental to Malaysia’s economic development, opening up opportunities in trade and tourism, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. Thus, he said, the government viewed quality improvements at the KLIA and klia2 very seriously, while proactively supporting the airports’ operator, Malaysia … Continue reading KLIA’s rapid growth instrumental to Msia’s economic development

MAHB reports full resumption of hydrant fuelling at klia2

21 November 2016 Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has reported that hydrant fuelling is fully resumed at the klia2 upon completion of all three stages of rectification plan for the raptured pipeline. The stages entailed prerequisite, rectification, testing and commissioning of the rectification plan. It a statement today, it said the rectified fuel pipeline had … Continue reading MAHB reports full resumption of hydrant fuelling at klia2

MAHB says ‘ok’ if AirAsia moves only some operations to KLIA

10 November 2016 The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) operator, Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd (MAHB), is willing to allow AirAsia shift some operations to the airport, says Managing Director Datuk Badlisham Ghazalli. He said it is not possible for the low-cost airline to relocate its entire operations from klia2 to KLIA due to the latter's … Continue reading MAHB says ‘ok’ if AirAsia moves only some operations to KLIA

Passenger traffic at MAHB airports up 5.4% in Jan-Oct 2016

10 November 2016 Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) handled 13.9% more passengers in October this year, with 7.32 million passing through the 39 airports in the country it manages compared with 6.42 million in the same month in 2015. Including Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SGIA), the airport operator handled 11% more passengers amounting to … Continue reading Passenger traffic at MAHB airports up 5.4% in Jan-Oct 2016

AirAsia cannot relocate fully to KLIA

10 November 2016 KL International Airport (KLIA) operator, Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd (MAHB), is willing to allow AirAsia shift some operations to the airport, says managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazalli. But he said it is not possible for the low-cost airline to relocate its entire operations from klia2 to KLIA – due to the latter’s capacity. “For them to … Continue reading AirAsia cannot relocate fully to KLIA

Malaysians in ‘Suspected List’ can’t go overseas

7 November 2016 Travellers’ failure to check their status before leaving the country is adding strain to the overburdened check-in system at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The Immigration Department, in explaining the recent delays at the country’s main gateway, said those who were unaware that they had been blacklisted were significantly contributing to the … Continue reading Malaysians in ‘Suspected List’ can’t go overseas

PSC helps level the playing field

1 November 2016 The announcement by Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) of the new passenger service charge (PSC) helps level the playing field. Malaysia Airlines Berhad group chief executive Peter Bellew said it will play an important part in the turnaround of Malaysia Airlines. He said it has been a tough job negotiating on getting the … Continue reading PSC helps level the playing field

Rectifications underway, disrupted fuelling services at klia2

22 October 2016 The disrupted hydrant fuelling services at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) are being rectified in stages and are expected to be resolved soon. Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) said the first stage of the rectification works has been completed. “The first stage involving works such as fuel recovery, excavation and … Continue reading Rectifications underway, disrupted fuelling services at klia2

RHB sets RM7.60 target for MAHB

20 September 2016 RHB Research Institute, which has upgraded Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), to “buy” and believed that a passenger service charges (PSC) hike in Malaysia will act as a major re-rating catalyst for the airport operator.  RHB sets RM7.60 target for MAHB The research house said the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) was likely to finalise … Continue reading RHB sets RM7.60 target for MAHB

MAHB to expand parking bays at KLIA

15 September 2016 Managing Director Badlisham Ghazali says it is getting feedback from airlines operating at KLIA, among them Malaysia Airlines, Malindo, British Airways and Emirates. Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is talking to the government and airline operators about the proposed expansion of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Managing Director Badlisham Ghazali said … Continue reading MAHB to expand parking bays at KLIA

MAHB: Gov’t to spend US$1 billion on airport upgrades

13 September 2016 A total of US$1 billion will be spent to upgrade airports throughout Malaysia in the next five years, said Malaysian Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB). MAHB: Govt to spend US$1b on airport upgrades MAHB managing director Badlisham Ghazali said Kuala Lumpur International Airport may require upgrades while other airports have "grown beyond capacity", Bloomberg reported. … Continue reading MAHB: Gov’t to spend US$1 billion on airport upgrades

MAVCOM urged to resolve disparity in KLIA, klia2 airport tax

4 September 2016 The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) has been urged to quickly resolve the glaring disparity in the passenger service charges (PSC) between the Kuala International Airport (KLIA) and its sister terminal, Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) in line with international aviation practice. In making the call, Member of Parliament for Setiawangsa, Datuk … Continue reading MAVCOM urged to resolve disparity in KLIA, klia2 airport tax

AirAsia opens Premium Lounge at klia2

2 September 2016 A premium lounge for low-cost airline passengers to boost klia2 will open today. AirAsia Opens Premium Lounge At klia2 AirAsia's first airport lounge, AirAsia Premium Red Lounge, is complimentary for its Premium Flatbed and Premium Flex passengers, while other international passengers can access it at RM79. AirAsia Berhad executive chairman Datuk Kamarudin … Continue reading AirAsia opens Premium Lounge at klia2

AirAsia opens 24-hour lounge at klia2

1 September 2016 AirAsia is opening one of the world’s first low-cost carrier airport lounges, AirAsia Premium Red Lounge, tomorrow. Entrance to the AirAsia Red Lounge It will have 24-hour services, including a buffet spread, wireless Internet access, lounge area, workstations and shower facilities. Star Online reported the AirAsia Premium Red Lounge is located on … Continue reading AirAsia opens 24-hour lounge at klia2

Fernandes continues to make a case for lower PSC at klia2

16 August 2016 The differential in the passenger service charge (PSC) between the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) should be maintained as the lower charges at klia2 will continue to better serve a broad range of travellers. FERNANDES: Malaysia should not allow the IATA to determine the next cause of action … Continue reading Fernandes continues to make a case for lower PSC at klia2

MAS CEO calls for uniform passenger charges at KLIA klia2

5 August 2016 Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS) Chief Executive Officer Peter Bellew has reiterated his call for airport passenger service charges to be the same at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and klia2, saying the current charges are totally anti-competitive. Bellew: "Charges for international passengers at KLIA are at RM33 (US$8.25) more per person than … Continue reading MAS CEO calls for uniform passenger charges at KLIA klia2

Tough security plan will hit airport shops

22 July 2016 WHILE we understand the government’s proposal to allow only passengers into airport terminals to boost airport security, such a proposal would also have major implications. Besides causing inconvenience to passengers, especially first-time single travellers, senior citizens or children travelling on their own, the proposed ruling will also affect retailers, particularly at the … Continue reading Tough security plan will hit airport shops

No layoffs this year: MAS CEO

20 July 2016 Malaysia Airlines is on the right track of a turnaround and there is no need for further retrenchments this year while business and marketing activities will be stepped up over the next six months. Bellew: The existing employment strength is reasonable and there is no need for further retrenchments. Photo courtesy: Sin … Continue reading No layoffs this year: MAS CEO

Mavcom to announce decision on passenger service charges later

18 July 2016 The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) is currently reviewing the airport passenger service charges (PSCs) and will announce its decision by year-end. Airlines collect the PSCs and pay to Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd. -Filepix "We're studying them now and will make an announcement at an appropriate time," Chief Operating Officer Azmir Zain told … Continue reading Mavcom to announce decision on passenger service charges later

klia2: Now everyone can cry

12 July 2016 MAHB managing director contradicts Putrajaya by saying klia2 not a low-cost carrier terminal. By Raja Bahrin Shah Our Prime Minister is also our Finance Minister. So whatever the Government headed by the Prime Minister, who is the nation’s leader, decides should not be a cause for any confusion, right? Unfortunately, that is … Continue reading klia2: Now everyone can cry

Fernandes wants new LCCT

11 July 2016 AHB built a RM4 billion airport at klia2 when all AirAsia wanted was a RM2 billion LCCT. Tony Fernandes AirAsia Founder and Group CEO Tony Fernandes thinks that Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) should build a new LCCT. “It can keep klia2 for full service airlines.” “If MAHB does not want to … Continue reading Fernandes wants new LCCT

MAHB: Passengers should pay more for KLIA, klia2 services

11 July 2016 Airport operator's MD, Badlisham Ghazali, says government must also standardise passenger service charges (PSC) regardless of type of airline. Badlisham Ghazali Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) Managing Director Badlisham Ghazali said a review is long overdue on the passenger service charges (PSC) at both KLIA and klia2. Badlisham, 54, who joined MAHB … Continue reading MAHB: Passengers should pay more for KLIA, klia2 services

Liow: klia2 name to remain

30 June 2016 The name “klia2” will remain, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. AirAsia, meanwhile, can continue to market klia2 to its customers as “LCCT-KL” (Low-Cost Carrier Terminal-KL). This was the outcome of a two-hour meeting yesterday between Liow and the AirAsia top management, comprising AirAsia Bhd Group chief executive officer Tan … Continue reading Liow: klia2 name to remain