8 July 2013
Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi has promised to ensure the klia2 project is completed on time.
Abdul Aziz, who heads a special committee overseeing the project, said the low-cost carrier terminal’s construction works would be completed by April 30 and operations will begin on May 2, 2014.
“I am personally monitoring the project on a weekly basis to make sure all works meet their schedule.
“The physical infrastructure is 92% completed and the remaining work will be installing equipment, computing system and other issues that are more complex,” he told reporters after launching a blood donation drive in Taman Maju yesterday.
Abdul Aziz, who is Parit Raja MP, said the completion date of the klia2 project had to be rescheduled as its facilities were increased to accommodate 40 million passengers a year as opposed to the 20 million passengers according to the initial plan.
He said the additional facilities included building a skybridge, adding a third floor to the terminal and an automated baggage handling system.
He added that the cost of the project also doubled to RM4bil from RM2bil due to the upgraded features.
“It is to ensure the comfort of users and will be a low-cost carrier airport with infrastructure equivalent to KLIA? standard,” he said.
Abdul Aziz said klia2 had received a number of requests for landing rights from premier airlines because of its facilities and lower airport charges.