2 January 2013
She said the low-cost airline was set and was awaiting the nod from Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd to occupy the new airport, which was slated to start operations in May.
Since the commencement of the new airport’s infrastructure development, the airline has been gearing itself to move in all areas inclusive of operations, logistics and ground handling.
Aireen said AirAsia, which would be the biggest tenant at klia2, was closely monitoring developments at the airport.
"We have an operational team to monitor developments. I am also in the team and we meet quite often to discuss issues pertaining to the new airport.
"However, we will always make sure that every aspect in klia2 such as the runway and other facilities will be suitable for a low-cost business module. For that, we will have continuous engagement with the airport operator (Malaysia Airports)," Aireen told Bernama.
She also said the current low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) has reached its maximum capacity of 15 million passengers per annum.
"Malaysia AirAsia even carried 20 million passengers this year. The LCCT will not offer us and guests the right environment in coming times," she added.
The RM3.6 billion klia2, built to cater for the explosive growth expected in low-cost travel, is sprawled over 257,000 square metres and is envisaged to handle a maximum of 45 million passenger a year.
The airport will have 60 gates, eight remote stands, 80 aerobridges, plus a retail space of 32,000 square metres to accommodate 225 retail outlets. – Bernama