Covid-19 shutdown: At KLIA, Malaysian students return home while tempers flare as foreigners denied entry

19 March 2020 The scene at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) was very different from the one I left as I flew out to Amsterdam some two weeks ago. Back then even as the Covid-19 outbreak was happening, the airport was bustling. People were going about their business and even, holidays. But yesterday evening, … Continue reading Covid-19 shutdown: At KLIA, Malaysian students return home while tempers flare as foreigners denied entry

How a 16,000-strong religious gathering led Malaysia to lockdown

18 March 2020 The struggle to contain infections linked to a religious gathering has led Malaysia to resort to sweeping restrictions on people’s movement, underscoring the challenge of upholding religious rights in fighting a pandemic. More than half of the country’s 673 confirmed cases, the most in Southeast Asia, were linked to an event that … Continue reading How a 16,000-strong religious gathering led Malaysia to lockdown

The Butterfly Effect

WHAT IS THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT? The Butterfly Effect is a set of facilities and services catered specially to passengers with hidden disabilities such as autism at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the klia2. The Butterfly Effect is actually a theory depicting how a small change in one state can make a big difference … Continue reading The Butterfly Effect

MAHB’s passenger numbers still seen to hit 100.1 million mark in 2020

13 March 2020 Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (March 12, RM5.89) Maintain buy with a revised target price of RM7.65: February 2020 passenger traffic for Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) airports — excluding the Istanbul Sabiha Gocken Airport (ISGA) — fell 23.4% year-on-year (y-o-y) to 6.2 million passengers. On a year-to-date basis, MAHB airports in Malaysia … Continue reading MAHB’s passenger numbers still seen to hit 100.1 million mark in 2020

Malaysia Airports reports weaker commercial performance at KLIA in 2019; cautious about COVID-19 impact

11 March 2020 Malaysia Airports Holdings (MAHB) has reported a +3.4% year-on-year rise in non-aeronautical revenues to RM2,161.5 million (US$510 million) for the 12 months ended 31 December 2019. Within this, retail revenues climbed by +2.3% to RM850.2 million (US$200.6 million). At its biggest travel retail locations, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and budget terminal … Continue reading Malaysia Airports reports weaker commercial performance at KLIA in 2019; cautious about COVID-19 impact

Malaysian airlines enforce stringent checks at airports

10 March 2020 With the Covid-19 outbreak getting more intense, local airlines are strictly screening passengers boarding their aircraft. An AirAsia spokesman said the airline had enforced temperature checks for passengers travelling to all destinations in China, effective Jan 31. “The checks are conducted at the check-in counters and at the boarding gates from all … Continue reading Malaysian airlines enforce stringent checks at airports

New health minister Dr Adham tours frontline of Covid-19 fight, as nation record 12 new cases

10 March 2020 Newly-minted Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba has taken a tour around Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on his first day in office today, amid 12 new cases of Covid-19 in the country. Dr Adham who was sworn in earlier today, was first briefed by health officials on the current Covid-19 … Continue reading New health minister Dr Adham tours frontline of Covid-19 fight, as nation record 12 new cases

MAHB to roll out biometric identification at KLIA by June 2020

9 March 2020 ‘Single Token’ uses passengers’ facial identity as a substitution for passports and flight tickets at several verification points by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH/TMR PIC Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is expected to roll out its biometric identification process for international outbound passengers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) by June this year. … Continue reading MAHB to roll out biometric identification at KLIA by June 2020

Single-token biometric technology to be fully implemented in KLIA and klia2 in two years

6 March 2020 Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) aims to implement its single-token biometric system in full at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and klia2 within the next two years. “After the three-month pilot programme at KLIA, we plan to roll out the single-token biometric system starting in the middle of this year,” MAHB’s … Continue reading Single-token biometric technology to be fully implemented in KLIA and klia2 in two years

Capsule hotels in Malaysia

4 March 2020 Small, safe and affordable, capsule hotels were first built in Japan to cater for budget travellers. Also known in the West as pod hotels, they have become popular globally, including Malaysia. But first, what does a capsule hotel offer? Rather than the usual hotel room, it offers small capsules of about the … Continue reading Capsule hotels in Malaysia

IndiGo moves to KLIA from existing klia2 in Malaysia effective March 29, 2020

3 March 2020 In the interest of enhancing customer experience and offering better travel experience in terms of international connectivity, India’s leading carrier, IndiGo, today announced a shift of its flight operations in Kuala Lumpur from klia2 to KLIA, the main Malaysia’s terminal from where the other major international carriers operate daily flights to North … Continue reading IndiGo moves to KLIA from existing klia2 in Malaysia effective March 29, 2020

More than 100 umrah pilgrims from Malaysia, Indonesia stranded at KLIA

28 February 2020 More than 100 Malaysian and Indonesian umrah pilgrims are stranded at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) following Saudi Arabia’s decision to suspend the entry of foreign nationals, as part of efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19. A pilgrim from Kedah, Mohd Fadzil Osman, 49, said he and 39 other pilgrims … Continue reading More than 100 umrah pilgrims from Malaysia, Indonesia stranded at KLIA

Special aircraft on second Wuhan evacuation mission arrives in KLIA

26 February 2020 The special flight carrying Malaysian nationals from Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak, arrived safely at KL International Airport (KLIA) early on Wednesday (Feb 26). The AirAsia flight chartered specifically for the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) mission initiated by the Malaysian Government landed at 6.50am. The aircraft left … Continue reading Special aircraft on second Wuhan evacuation mission arrives in KLIA

Malaysia Airlines collaborates with Revima to provide landing gear services

25 February 2020 Malaysia Airlines Bhd is collaborating with Revima to provide a one-stop centre service on landing gear replacement and overhaul solutions to third-party customers. Revima is a French-based maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) solutions provider, specialising in auxiliary power unit (APU) and landing gear solutions. In a joint statement today, Malaysia Airlines said … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines collaborates with Revima to provide landing gear services

Second mission to evacuate Malaysians from Wuhan to continue — NADMA

25 February 2020 The second mission to bring back 75 Malaysian citizens and their families who have been stranded in Wuhan, China, following the Covid-19 outbreak in the republic will continue, despite the current political situation in the country. According to a National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) spokesman, the Malaysians would be flown from Wuhan … Continue reading Second mission to evacuate Malaysians from Wuhan to continue — NADMA

Image of the Day: Malaysia’s longest indoor screen lands in Kuala Lumpur International Airport

21 February 2020 Measuring 390sq m in size, the longest indoor screen in all of Malaysia has been installed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport by VGI Airports. Aptly named The Digital Dream, the new screen stretches the entire length of the airport’s international arrivals hall. CIMB has exclusively taken out the space for the next … Continue reading Image of the Day: Malaysia’s longest indoor screen lands in Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Touch ‘n Go eWallet now usable to purchase KLIA Express, KLIA Transit tix – 15% discount until June 30

18 February 2020 Touch ‘n Go eWallet has announced that it has entered a partnership with Express Rail Link (ERL) for its service to be used as a payment method for purchasing KLIA Express and KLIA Transit tickets. The cashless payment option will be offered over the counter, rather than at the gate as is … Continue reading Touch ‘n Go eWallet now usable to purchase KLIA Express, KLIA Transit tix – 15% discount until June 30

Malaysia Airlines cancels three flights repatriating American cruise ship passengers

16 February 2020 Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) has cancelled three out of the four flights chartered by the Westerdam cruise liner to fly back passengers of the Cambodia-docked ship. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the decision was made after an American citizen who boarded the first of the four … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines cancels three flights repatriating American cruise ship passengers

US woman from cruise liner flown to KL is Malaysia’s 22nd Covid-19 case

15 February 2020 An 83-year-old woman from the US is Malaysia’s 22nd and latest person to test positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus, after landing in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Friday from Cambodia. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the woman was among the passengers and crew from a cruise ship … Continue reading US woman from cruise liner flown to KL is Malaysia’s 22nd Covid-19 case

Malaysia Airlines – adopts safety measures to give travellers peace of mind

15 February 2020 Malaysia Airlines has adopted a series of measures to deliver safe and best-in- class service to passengers, allowing them to travel with peace of mind in view of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019- nCoV) outbreak. This includes control measures to lower the risk of on-board disease transmission such as preparing medical communicable … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines – adopts safety measures to give travellers peace of mind

Malaysia Airports and KidZania build a real ‘KUL’ park for kids

13 February 2020 Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and the ever popular KidZania Kuala Lumpur are collaborating to give children a chance to be part of the action at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (IATA Code: KUL) with an airport-themed edutainment park. Construction of the “mini-airport” named KUL KidZania, is ongoing at the main terminal. Upon its … Continue reading Malaysia Airports and KidZania build a real ‘KUL’ park for kids

Two coronavirus patients discharged from Malaysian hospitals remain in the country for now: Chinese embassy

11 February 2020 Two of the three novel coronavirus patients who have been discharged from Malaysian hospitals are currently still in the country, said the Chinese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. “One of them is in Johor Bahru, while another in Kuala Lumpur,” a spokesperson told CNA in a written reply on Monday (Feb 10). Another … Continue reading Two coronavirus patients discharged from Malaysian hospitals remain in the country for now: Chinese embassy

CapsuleTransit unveils new 70-pod airside hotel at Kuala Lumpar International

10 February 2020 In-airport hotel operator CapsuleTransit has opened a new 70-pod facility at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2). The 2,500sq ft airside development is primarily targeted at transit air passengers, who can book and pay for pods for durations of one, three, six and 12 hours. The facility features both mixed and female-only … Continue reading CapsuleTransit unveils new 70-pod airside hotel at Kuala Lumpar International

Malaysia treasured as first Commonwealth nation to highlight climate change, says sec-gen

9 February 2020 Commonwealth secretary-general Patricia Scotland regards Malaysia as a treasured member of the Commonwealth which has made significant contributions. “Malaysia is a treasured member of our family. So much has been contributed by Malaysia,” she told reporters upon her arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here today on a seven-day working … Continue reading Malaysia treasured as first Commonwealth nation to highlight climate change, says sec-gen

Malaysia extends China travel restrictions to other provinces – DPM

7 February 2020 Malaysia is extending its travel restrictions on travellers from China to include other areas that are under lockdown by the Chinese government, said Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. “Travel restrictions now imposed on China visitors from Hubei Province and Wuhan would be extended to other provinces that are under … Continue reading Malaysia extends China travel restrictions to other provinces – DPM

Two Malaysian evacuees from Wuhan positive for coronavirus – Health Minister

5 February 2020 Two of the 107 Malaysians and non-Malaysian spouses and children airlifted out of coronavirus-hit Wuhan in China yesterday have tested positive for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This brings cumulative cases of the coronavirus in Malaysia to 12. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad said the two new cases involved a 45-year-old … Continue reading Two Malaysian evacuees from Wuhan positive for coronavirus – Health Minister

Not all China visitors barred

5 February 2020 The government has assured visitors from China that it will only be denying entry to those from Wuhan city and Hubei province – the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak. A total of 147 Chinese nationals from these areas have been turned away since Jan 27. Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin … Continue reading Not all China visitors barred

Airports focus on sanitising to counter coronavirus outbreak

4 February 2020 Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) is pulling out all the stops to sanitise its airports following the coronavirus outbreak. MAHB’s network of 39 Malaysian airports handled 105.2 million passengers last year, and while this number may be great for tourism officials, it poses numerous challenges from a healthcare perspective – especially in … Continue reading Airports focus on sanitising to counter coronavirus outbreak

Stringent coronavirus measures in place for APEC 2020 SOM1, Related Meetings

3 February 2020 Stringent measures have been put in place to manage risks and threats of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2020’s 1st Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1) and Related Meetings which started here today. The APEC 2020 National Secretariat in a statement today said it was working closely with the Ministry … Continue reading Stringent coronavirus measures in place for APEC 2020 SOM1, Related Meetings

UKM steps up coronavirus screening for international students

31 January 2020 UNIVERSITI Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) will be taking extra measures to screen all its international students registering for Semester 2 of the 2019/2020 academic session this month in light of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak which began in China. In a statement, the university said that in addition to compulsory screening at Kuala … Continue reading UKM steps up coronavirus screening for international students

KLIA’s facial recognition technology throughout passengers’ journey

31 January 2020 The concept is being piloted for a period of 3 months in collaboration with MAB and SITA, available for flights to Tokyo and Osaka PASSENGERS travelling to Japan were the first to experience the single-token journey concept at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) recently. The concept utilises facial recognition technology providing … Continue reading KLIA’s facial recognition technology throughout passengers’ journey

Malaysia Airport pilots single token journey concept at KLIA

31 January 2020 Malaysia Airports Holdings (MAHB) is piloting its single token journey concept at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The concept leverages on facial recognition technology to provide passengers with a single identification verification which is used at all airport touchpoints from check-in to the boarding gate. MAHB said passengers travelling to Japan … Continue reading Malaysia Airport pilots single token journey concept at KLIA

Coronavirus: 14 Chinese nationals from Wuhan sent back, says Muhyiddin

31 January 2020 Fourteen Chinese nationals from Wuhan in Hubei province, who arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Tuesday were sent back. This was undertaken following the announcement of the Malaysian government’s decision to ban tourists originating from Wuhan and Hubei province, from entering Malaysia as a measure to prevent the spread … Continue reading Coronavirus: 14 Chinese nationals from Wuhan sent back, says Muhyiddin

Tourism-related stocks in focus

30 January 2020 WITH tourist arrivals projected to reach 30 million in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2020 (VMY2020), we take a look at a few tourism-related stocks that could be in focus during the year. Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd Between January and December 2019, MAHB’s network of 39 Malaysian airports handled 105.2 million passengers, … Continue reading Tourism-related stocks in focus

Facial recognition piloted throughout entire journey at KLIA

30 January 2020 KLIA’s Single Token Journey concept relies on facial recognition to enable passengers to move through each airport checkpoint seamlessly. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) has introduced a Single Token Journey concept, utilising facial recognition technology to provide passengers with one single identification verification which allows them to pass through each airport touchpoint, … Continue reading Facial recognition piloted throughout entire journey at KLIA

AirAsia X to post overall loss of RM209.1m for FY19 due to MFRS16 impact, says MIDF Research

30 January 2020 MIDF Amanah Investment Bank Bhd Research has downgraded AirAsia X Bhd (AAX) to “Trading Sell” at 11 sen with a lower target price (TP) of 11 sen (from 17 sen) and adjusted its earnings estimates, as fears over the ongoing viral outbreak is expected to adversely impact the long haul low cost … Continue reading AirAsia X to post overall loss of RM209.1m for FY19 due to MFRS16 impact, says MIDF Research

Malaysian airport cleaners diligently wipe down surfaces to protect travellers from Wuhan virus

30 January 2020 Malaysian airport cleaning staff have been winning praise online for their hard work in keeping the Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV) at bay. Photos shared on the Facebook page Penang Kini show several workers clad in face masks and gloves as they tirelessly wipe down surfaces at what appears to be Kuala Lumpur International … Continue reading Malaysian airport cleaners diligently wipe down surfaces to protect travellers from Wuhan virus

KLIA pilots Single Token Journey concept through facial recognition tech

29 January 2020 Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is piloting its Single Token Journey concept at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The concept leverages on facial recognition technology to provide passengers with a single identification verification which is used at all airport touchpoints from check-in to the boarding gate. MAHB, in a statement today, … Continue reading KLIA pilots Single Token Journey concept through facial recognition tech

‘We are better prepared now’

28 January 2020 Past experience in dealing with communicable diseases has helped Malaysia better prepare for such incidents, says Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. The Health Minister said health authorities had previously dealt with incidents such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), Nipah, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), H1N1, Ebola and Zika. He noted … Continue reading ‘We are better prepared now’

No tourists from Wuhan since Jan 23, screening at entry points beefed up

27 January 2020 A total of 164,692 travellers entering Malaysia have been screened by thermal scanners at all entry points as of yesterday. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said following the screenings, nine travellers had been referred to hospitals for further checks. He said the nine however did not fulfil the Patient-Under-Investigation (PUI) … Continue reading No tourists from Wuhan since Jan 23, screening at entry points beefed up

Health minister says still awaiting confirmation of Wuhan coronavirus in Bintulu

27 January 2020 A Chinese national in Bintulu remains under medical quarantine there after she was hospitalised with symptoms of the Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad said today. In a press conference in Sepang, he said the woman was in stable condition and under observation. “We just received the news and … Continue reading Health minister says still awaiting confirmation of Wuhan coronavirus in Bintulu

Wuhan virus: Malaysia confirms first 3 cases; all patients related to Chinese national who was Singapore’s first case

25 January 2020 Malaysia on Saturday (Jan 25) said it had confirmed three cases of coronavirus infection, the first in the Southeast Asian country. Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said the three individuals infected were related to the 66-year-old man that was confirmed by Singaporean health authorities to have tested positive for the virus. On Friday, … Continue reading Wuhan virus: Malaysia confirms first 3 cases; all patients related to Chinese national who was Singapore’s first case

Indian tourists to prop up MAHB airport arrivals amid coronavirus outbreak — MIDF Research

24 January 2020 Higher tourist numbers from India could serve to prop up arrivals into Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB)’s airports should there be no coronavirus outbreak in Malaysia. In a note to investors this morning, MIDF Amanah Investment Bank Bhd Research said assuming there are no cases of the virus in Malaysia, Indian tourists … Continue reading Indian tourists to prop up MAHB airport arrivals amid coronavirus outbreak — MIDF Research

Malaysia Airports positive on passenger traffic despite coronavirus outbreak

24 January 2020 Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd remains positive on passenger traffic movements during the Chinese New Year period from now till Feb 2 despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in China. General manager (operations) Mohd Arif Jaafar said the airport operator expected to see 1.3 million passengers passing through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) … Continue reading Malaysia Airports positive on passenger traffic despite coronavirus outbreak

All AirAsia flights from Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok and Phuket to Wuhan temporarily cancelled

23 January 2020 All AirAsia flights from Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok and Phuket to Wuhan in China are cancelled until January 28 following the recent 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak. “The safety and wellbeing of our guests and Allstars are our top priority. “AirAsia is complying with advice and regulations from global and local health authorities, … Continue reading All AirAsia flights from Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok and Phuket to Wuhan temporarily cancelled

Sarawak minister urges AirAsia to use aerobridge in state’s airports

23 January 2020 State Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin today urged AirAsia Berhad’s management to use aerobridges in all airports in Sarawak for the convenience and safety of the passengers, especially during wet weather. He noted that the airline used the aerobridges at klia2 for international flights. “So why is it that it does … Continue reading Sarawak minister urges AirAsia to use aerobridge in state’s airports

Local delicacies for tourists to take home soon at KLIA, klia2 and others

23 January 2020 After two years of canvassing the country for the very best delicacies and souvenirs, Malaysia Airports is almost ready to give tourists and travellers a true “Sense of Malaysia” at its international airports. The country’s main airport operator will, in just a couple of months’ time, unveil a range of carefully curated … Continue reading Local delicacies for tourists to take home soon at KLIA, klia2 and others