29 June 2012
The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), including the low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT), registered passenger movement of 16 million between January and May this year, up 5.1% from the same period a year ago.
Malaysian Airports Holdings Bhd COO Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohd Ali said this is a good sign that KLIA is capable of achieving 40 million passengers towards the end of the year, compared with 37.7 million last year and 34.1 million in 2010.
“For the first quarter of this year, KLIA recorded a 6.9% growth in passenger movement to 9.53 million from 8.92 million in the same quarter last year,” he told reporters at KLIA’s 14th anniversary celebration here today.
He said KLIA currently has a capacity to handle 25 million passengers per year, while that of the existing LCCT is at 18 million to 20 million passengers per year, hence the new LCCT (klia2) is needed to accommodate the increase in passenger movement every year.
He said KLIA’s capacity can be increased to 70 million passengers upon full completion of klia2.
“When klia2 is completed, (the existing) LCCT will be closed and all low-cost flights will be transferred to klia2, because we have provided the complete infrastructure to accommodate the low-cost carriers,” he said.
On the anniversary celebration, he said KLIA has proven its role to be among excellent airports and received various recognitions locally and internationally.