Home Ministry: E-registration for China, India tourists isn’t for those who overstay

29 December 2019 Tourists from China and India can only reapply to enter Malaysia via the visa-free Electronic Travel Registration and Information (eNTRI) system 45 days after they leave the country, says the Home Ministry. In a statement, the ministry said the 45-day rule was considered a cooling-off period aimed at preventing any abuse of … Continue reading Home Ministry: E-registration for China, India tourists isn’t for those who overstay

2010-2019: The decade of disruption – Construction sector propelled by debt bingeing

28 December 2019 The previous government administration pushed infrastructure development in Malaysia between 2009 and 2018 but also left the country with a mountain of debt, the Edge reported today. The report said projects such as the extension of the light rail transit (LRT) in the Klang Valley to the Second Penang Bridge contributed to … Continue reading 2010-2019: The decade of disruption – Construction sector propelled by debt bingeing

Expansion works for Penang International Airport to start early next year

25 December 2019 Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is scheduled to embark on its expansion works for the Penang International Airport (IATA Code: PEN) by next year. MAHB group chief executive officer Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin said the airport operator has started the process of pre-qualification via open tender to local contractors to undertake the … Continue reading Expansion works for Penang International Airport to start early next year

Review of MRT3 under way

23 December 2019 A review of the Mass Rapid Transit Line 3 (MRT3) or MRT Circle Line project, which was suspended earlier, is under way and various new funding options, including possibly getting real estate developers and owners to partially fund the project may be explored. Experts said several models including that of Singapore and … Continue reading Review of MRT3 under way

Dimensi Eksklusif and Starbucks among big winners at Malaysia Airports Concessionaire Awards

14 December 2019 Leading independent travel retailer Dimensi Eksklusif and coffee brand Starbucks captured the big prizes of the night, Best Retailer for Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) / klia2 and for other airports respectively, at the annual Malaysia Airports Concessionaire Awards on Friday. Dimensi won three awards in all: Best Retailer (KLIA), Best Core … Continue reading Dimensi Eksklusif and Starbucks among big winners at Malaysia Airports Concessionaire Awards

Penang airport gears up for $261 million upgrade to handle 12 million passengers a year

13 December 2019 Penang’s airport is expected to be expanded soon at a cost of between RM800 million (S$261 million) and RM900 million. The expansion will double the terminal’s gross floor area to 113,005 sq m from 54,582 sq m. The new design will have the capacity to accommodate 12 million passengers per annum, from … Continue reading Penang airport gears up for $261 million upgrade to handle 12 million passengers a year

Mitsui Outlet Park Sepang KLIA to reward two lucky shoppers with a car each

13 December 2019 Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang (MOP KLIA), Japan’s branded factory outlet shopping mall is rewarding shoppers with a chance to win either the 2019 Toyota Avanza or the 2019 Toyota Yaris, worth at least RM80,000 each. Entry to this contest ends on Jan 1, 2020. The company believes in rewarding customers for … Continue reading Mitsui Outlet Park Sepang KLIA to reward two lucky shoppers with a car each

HMSHost International opens first Costa Coffee at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

13 December 2019 HMSHost Malaysia inaugurated its first Costa Coffee store at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and its third in Malaysia, on Thursday. The first two opened earlier this year at Langkawi International, also through the Autogrill-owned travel F&B specialist. This opening will be followed by a further Costa Coffee outlet at low-cost terminal klia2 … Continue reading HMSHost International opens first Costa Coffee at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Malaysia Airlines introduces new shuttle fares on Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route

12 December 2019 Malaysia Airlines passengers making the one-hour hop between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore now have a new fare option called “shuttle fares”. These shuttle fares are divided into three fare structures: Business Flex Shuttle, Economy Flex Shuttle and Economy Smart Shuttle. The airline said the shuttle fares offer benefits to travellers, including: Flight … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines introduces new shuttle fares on Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route

Private collaborations most welcome for better transportation landscape, says Loke

5 December 2019 More collaborations in the transport sector among private companies are encouraged to help transform the nation’s current transportation landscape. Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said he believed that private companies have the ability to improve the transportation landscape especially by taking advantage of the digital platforms. Loke also said in the … Continue reading Private collaborations most welcome for better transportation landscape, says Loke

GoCar, ERL launch new KLIA Ekspres + GoCar pack – convenient first- and last-mile solution for travellers

4 December 2019 GoCar Malaysia and Express Rail Link (ERL) have jointly introduced the new KLIA Ekspres + GoCar Package, offering travellers a more convenient solution to their first- and last-mile needs. A quick check on KLIA Ekpres reveals that the package, which includes a return trip (to or from KLIA and klia2), costs RM101 … Continue reading GoCar, ERL launch new KLIA Ekspres + GoCar pack – convenient first- and last-mile solution for travellers

NETS now available in Penang, Melaka and Kuala Lumpur with 2,900 new acceptance points

29 November 2019 Singaporeans can now use their NETS ATM cards in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Melaka when they shop, thanks to the 7,400 NETS acceptance points in Malaysia, up from 4,500. The service, first introduced in 2018, has expanded to allow Singaporean shoppers to use their NETS card in malls in Johor Bahru like … Continue reading NETS now available in Penang, Melaka and Kuala Lumpur with 2,900 new acceptance points

AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes to Transform Airline Into “Transport Mobility Company”

26 November 2019 The latest episode of APEX Insider sees APEX Media travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to find out more about AirAsia from Group CEO Tony Fernandes. APEX Media recently spent the day filming at RedQ, AirAsia’s 193,750-square-foot head office located just outside of its main hub at Terminal 2 at Kuala Lumpur International … Continue reading AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes to Transform Airline Into “Transport Mobility Company”

AirAsia takes flight to Tokyo Narita

21 November 2019 AirAsia made its maiden flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo Narita today, a new service that signifies AirAsia’s commitment in accelerating its growth in Japan. In a statement, the low-cost carrier said the four weekly return services will deliver over 150,000 additional visitor seats annually through Kuala Lumpur’s klia2 and Narita International … Continue reading AirAsia takes flight to Tokyo Narita

Some 365 foreign visitors denied entry during KLIA system glitch

19 November 2019 A TOTAL of 365 foreign visitors were issued Not to Land (NTL) notices by the Immigration Department of Malaysia during the technical failure and systems disruption at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) last August. Deputy Home Affairs Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman (picture) said the Immigration Department had stepped up all … Continue reading Some 365 foreign visitors denied entry during KLIA system glitch

Deputy minister: 365 foreign travellers denied entry during KLIA system glitch

18 November 2019 A total of 365 foreign visitors were issued Not to Land (NTL) notices by the Immigration Department of Malaysia (JIM) during the technical failure and systems disruption at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) last August. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman said the Immigration Department had stepped up all control … Continue reading Deputy minister: 365 foreign travellers denied entry during KLIA system glitch

Malaysia Airports takes KULinary to new heights with MIGF partnership

16 November 2019 Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) recently took its annual KULinary event to new heights by partnering with the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival (MIGF) in an event to highlight the exciting offerings at KLIA and klia2, collectively known as KUL. Held at Level 5 of the KLIA Departure Hall, the fourth instalment of … Continue reading Malaysia Airports takes KULinary to new heights with MIGF partnership

KLIA sees stronger traffic growth than klia2

12 November 2019 Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s (KLIA) Main Terminal has achieved a strong 12% growth in passenger movements compared with klia2’s 6.9% in October, said Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB). The combined passenger movements in KLIA and klia2 climbed 9.3%, registering 5.1 million passengers in October, with international and domestic passenger movements up 9.5% … Continue reading KLIA sees stronger traffic growth than klia2

What an aviation mess

11 November 2019 The MAB financial fiasco could go down into the history book as the world’s worst managed carrier ONE billion passengers were flown last year or about 2.78 million people daily in the US. The country’s aviat ion industry generated US$446.8 billion (RM1.85 trillion) in value, accounting for 5.1% of the world’s largest … Continue reading What an aviation mess

MAHB to reconfigure klia2 layout

8 November 2019 Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is working closely with several ministries and government agencies to ensureaseamless experience for passengers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) immigration arrival hall ahead of Visit Malaysia 2020. MAHB said it was working with the Home Ministry, Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry, police, Immigration Department, Customs … Continue reading MAHB to reconfigure klia2 layout

Mavcom’s RAB framework lacks alignment with SPV 2030: AirAsia

7 November 2019 AirAsia Group Bhd has claimed that the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) does not share the government’s Shared Prosperity Vision (SPV) 2030 to create a more equitable, high-income nation. AirAsia said Mavcom’s insistence on pushing through certain punitive elements within its new Regulatory Asset Base (RAB) framework had gone against the spirit of … Continue reading Mavcom’s RAB framework lacks alignment with SPV 2030: AirAsia

AirAsia accuses Mavcom of going against the spirit of ‘Shared Prosperity’ with new RAB framework

7 November 2019 AirAsia Group today accused the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) of going against the federal government’s Shared Prosperity Vision (SPV2030) for its insistence on pushing through certain punitive elements within its new Regulatory Asset Base (RAB) framework. AirAsia Group President (Airlines) Bo Lingam pointed out how both Mavcom and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad … Continue reading AirAsia accuses Mavcom of going against the spirit of ‘Shared Prosperity’ with new RAB framework

AirAsia says klia2 not all bad, can still be visitor magnet if MAHB, Mavcom ‘listen’

2 November 2019 The AirAsia Group believes the systemic inefficiencies dogging Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) could be rectified to optimise the low-cost terminal’s potential if regulators pay attention to feedback. AirAsia Berhad and AirAsia X chief executive officer Riad Asmat and Benyamin Ismail told Malay Mail in a recent interview that the country’s … Continue reading AirAsia says klia2 not all bad, can still be visitor magnet if MAHB, Mavcom ‘listen’

As klia2’s faulty runway still causing delays, AirAsia says it could hurt Visit Malaysia Year 2020

1 November 2019 Prolonged repairs on the faulty third runway between Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the klia2 has caused daily landing delays of up to six or seven minutes per flight, AirAsia Group airlines have said. AirAsia Berhad and AirAsia X’s respective chief executive officers Riad Asmat and Benyamin Ismail said in an interview … Continue reading As klia2’s faulty runway still causing delays, AirAsia says it could hurt Visit Malaysia Year 2020

Different PSC at KLIA, klia2 major hurdle for RAB implementation

1 November 2019 The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) said the government’s intention of having different passenger service charge (PSC) rates at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) poses a major hurdle for the implementation of the Regulated Asset Base (RAB) framework. An analyst who attended a briefing by … Continue reading Different PSC at KLIA, klia2 major hurdle for RAB implementation

Lower PSC for all airports, except KLIA and klia2, under new RAB

24 October 2019 More than 20 million passengers in Malaysia will enjoy a lower passenger service charge (PSC) following the introduction of the regulated asset base (RAB) framework, said the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom). Among the airports that are expected to charge lower PSC rates are Langkawi, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Miri, Sibu, Tawau, Lahad … Continue reading Lower PSC for all airports, except KLIA and klia2, under new RAB

MAHB targets 3 new airlines in 2020

24 October 2019 Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is expected to attract three new airline services to operate from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in 2020 as the airport continues to boost its connectivity to become an aviation hub in the region. Transport Minister Anthony Loke, in a recent written parliamentary reply, said the … Continue reading MAHB targets 3 new airlines in 2020

All airports, except KLIA and klia2, to enjoy lower PSC under new framework, says Mavcom

23 October 2019 More than 20 million passengers in Malaysia will enjoy a lower passenger service charge (PSC) following the introduction of the regulated asset base (RAB) framework, says the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom). Among the airports that are expected to charge lower PSC rates are Langkawi, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Miri, Sibu, Tawau, Lahad … Continue reading All airports, except KLIA and klia2, to enjoy lower PSC under new framework, says Mavcom

MAHB keen on interlining

22 October 2019 Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) sees a prospect of integrating Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) with its second terminal klia2 via a 1.5km link and airlines interlining. However, building the link as well as other infrastructure to integrate both terminals would be costly for the airport operator to bear alone, MAHB group … Continue reading MAHB keen on interlining

Provide proof of klia2 long lines? Not our job, AirAsia tells Mavcom

22 October 2019 Low-cost carrier AirAsia Group today questioned the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) for requesting it provide documented details of congestion at klia2 immigration counters. AirAsia Berhad chief executive officer Riad Asmat accused the aviation regulator of forsaking its responsibility, saying Mavcom’s duty is to protect the rights of air passengers. “The onus is … Continue reading Provide proof of klia2 long lines? Not our job, AirAsia tells Mavcom

Mavcom: We never received immigration congestion files from AirAsia

21 October 2019 The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) says that it never received the details of the daily documentation requested from AirAsia Bhd, which the low-cost carrier claimed consisted of details of congestion on a daily basis at the klia2 immigration counters. In a statement today, Mavcom said it had responded to the letter it … Continue reading Mavcom: We never received immigration congestion files from AirAsia

klia2 e-hailing pick-up: RM5 charge imposed to ensure safety, no extra charges

19 October 2019 The recent implementation of passenger pick-ups by e-hailing drivers and taxi-on-booking at the transportation hub of KL International Airport 2 (klia2), is to ensure that drivers are able to pick up passengers in a safe and convenient environment. Segi Astana Sdn Bhd, operator of the gateway@klia2 integrated complex, clarified that the RM5 … Continue reading klia2 e-hailing pick-up: RM5 charge imposed to ensure safety, no extra charges

AirAsia irked by long queues at klia2

18 October 2019 AirAsia Group Berhad chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes expressed disappointment with Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) for its handling of complaints of Immigration counter congestion at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2). Fernandes said AirAsia had submitted a letter to Mavcom requesting help to resolve the congestion, but in return … Continue reading AirAsia irked by long queues at klia2

MAHB: Backlog at klia2’s immigration counters will be thing of the past

18 October 2019 Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) has assured travellers that lengthy immigration queues during peak hours at klia2 will soon be a thing of the past. MAHB said it is now focusing on ways to improve immigration clearance, such as working with the Immigration Department to prevent passenger backlog, and relocating its Eraman … Continue reading MAHB: Backlog at klia2’s immigration counters will be thing of the past

AirAsia says queues at ‘flawed’ klia2 can last for more than one hour – and the situation is ‘worsening’

17 October 2019 Long queues that span over an hour are now a daily occurrence The Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) must urgently fix the “worsening” congestion in Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) before an expected 30 million tourists arrive in Malaysia during next year’s Visit Malaysia campaign, low cost carrier AirAsia has said. … Continue reading AirAsia says queues at ‘flawed’ klia2 can last for more than one hour – and the situation is ‘worsening’

AirAsia: Congestion at klia2 immigration counters gives country a bad image

17 October 2019 Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) needs to immediately make adjustments at klia2 to address congestion at immigration counters or risk painting a bad image of Malaysia, says budget carrier AirAsia Group. AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat and AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail said the long queues at immigration counters for foreign … Continue reading AirAsia: Congestion at klia2 immigration counters gives country a bad image

Passenger traffic at MAHB’s airports still favourable

16 October 2019 Passenger traffic at Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s (MAHB) airports in Malaysia are still favourable despite travel disruptions brought on by the haze problem last month. According to the research team at MIDF Amanah Investment Bank Bhd (MIDF Research), domestic traffic at Malaysian airports recorded a staggering growth of 10 per cent year-on-year … Continue reading Passenger traffic at MAHB’s airports still favourable

F&S Holdings takes control of Philippines AirAsia

14 October 2019 F&S Holdings, controlled by the family of Michael Romero, has assumed majority control of Philippines AirAsia (Z2, Manila Ninoy Aquino Int’l) after acquiring a 15.7% stake from Antonio Cojuangco’s vehicle TNR Holdings, English-language Philippine Daily Inquirer Business has reported. The Romeros’ business already held a 44.4% stake prior to the acquisition. F&S … Continue reading F&S Holdings takes control of Philippines AirAsia

No signs of slowdown in aviation sector

14 October 2019 Aviation sector Maintain positive: September traffic data for Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s (MAHB) Malaysian operations reached 8.4 million passengers, translating into a 7.6% year-on-year (y-o-y) growth and extended gains for the 11th uninterrupted month. This brings the nine-month 2019 (9MFY19) passenger traffic numbers for Malaysian operations to 78 million, representing a 5.9% … Continue reading No signs of slowdown in aviation sector

MAHB allocates new designated pick up points for e-hailing services at KLIA, klia2

12 October 2019 Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has allocated new designated pick-up points for e-hailing services at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and klia2, effective today. The pick-up points for e-hailing service at KLIA terminals have been designated at Door 3 and 4, Level 1 of Main Terminal Building (MTB) KLIA and at Door … Continue reading MAHB allocates new designated pick up points for e-hailing services at KLIA, klia2

Budget 2020: Review visa-on-arrival requirement to boost VMY2020, govt urged

8 October 2019 The government has been urged to review the implementation of visa-on-arrival (VoA) for Chinese and Indian tourists in the 2020 Budget to increase the arrival of visitors in conjunction with the Visit Malaysia Year 2020. President of the Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association, Uzaidi Udanis, said that while the VoA visa fee was … Continue reading Budget 2020: Review visa-on-arrival requirement to boost VMY2020, govt urged

Do more to curb poaching

5 October 2019 By TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE MANY animals are going to be extinct if drastic steps are not taken to address the rampant poaching in the country. Killing and poaching are also part of wildlife trafficking in countries with high biodiversity like Malaysia. The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime has … Continue reading Do more to curb poaching

Ormond Group CEO Gareth Lim on the company’s trio of brands — including new boutique hotel The Chow Kit

5 October 2019 In the months preceding the opening of the first Ormond-branded hotel, Lim talks hotels, hospitality and building brands with a difference. The only reaction I can muster when shown pictures of Tune Hotel klia2’s newly refurbished interiors is open-mouthed awe. Gone are the signature red-and-white colour schemes and austere atmosphere that have … Continue reading Ormond Group CEO Gareth Lim on the company’s trio of brands — including new boutique hotel The Chow Kit

AirAsia sues klia2 operator for RM480m after mediation refused by Mavcom

4 October 2019 Low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd sued Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd (MASSB), the operator of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and klia2, on Wednesday over alleged losses and damages it suffered at the latter. In a statement today, AirAsia said it is claiming RM479.78 million from the Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) unit … Continue reading AirAsia sues klia2 operator for RM480m after mediation refused by Mavcom

Passengers from ASF-hit countries to undergo strict airport checks

3 October 2019 Travellers from countries experiencing African swine fever (ASF) will be subjected to more stringent airport checks to prevent cross border transmission of the virus. Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Sim Tze Tzin said they would be checked by officers from the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (Maqis) for any products containing … Continue reading Passengers from ASF-hit countries to undergo strict airport checks

OAG validates AirAsia’s contribution towards making KL a key LCC megahub

1 October 2019 AIRASIA Group Bhd welcomes the findings of the Official Airline Guide (OAG) Megahubs Index 2019 reaffirming Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) as the world’s most internationally connected low-cost megahub. KLIA came in ahead of Manila, Philippines, Singapore, Incheon, South Korea and San Diego, California with OAG noting that connectivity at KLIA was … Continue reading OAG validates AirAsia’s contribution towards making KL a key LCC megahub

AirAsia set to implement reduced PSC at klia2 from tomorrow

30 September 2019 AirAsia guests will have reason to celebrate on Tuesday as it proceeds with the implementation of the reduced passenger service charge (PSC) at klia2 and other international airports in Malaysia where it operates. This follows last month’s announcement by the Malaysian Minister of Transport Anthony Loke of the Cabinet’s decision to revise … Continue reading AirAsia set to implement reduced PSC at klia2 from tomorrow

AirAsia set to implement lower PSC rate for non-ASEAN destinations from Oct 1

30 September 2019 Airasia Group Bhd says it is set to implement tomorrow (Oct 1), the new, lowered passenger service charge or PSC for passengers flying out to destinations beyond Asean from all other airports in Malaysia, except the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Its announcement today came after Transport Minister said in end-August that the … Continue reading AirAsia set to implement lower PSC rate for non-ASEAN destinations from Oct 1

AirAsia’s eCommerce marketplace brings Guardian on board for pre-purchase service

30 September 2019 AirAsia’s e-marketplace, OURSHOP has partnered health and beauty retailer Guardian to provide pre-purchase and collect services at klia2. As part of the partnership, AirAsia BIG members can also earn and redeem their BIG Points when shopping for Guardian products on OURSHOP. There are also special offers across product ranges and bonus point … Continue reading AirAsia’s eCommerce marketplace brings Guardian on board for pre-purchase service