28 June 2014
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is confident of achieving its passenger traffic target of 26.7 million for Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)’s Main Terminal Building (MTB) by year-end, despite the missing MAS flight MH370 incident.
Speaking at KLIA’s 16th anniversary event yesterday, new MAHB managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said passenger traffic till last month has been on a healthy growth, compared with the same period last year.
“We have not seen a decline in the number of passengers coming to Malaysia. In fact, we are confident of achieving our target of 26 million for the MTB by year-end, going by the numbers we have already recorded up till May,” he said.
In the first five months of the year, MTB handled a record 10.7 million passengers, an 11 per cent rise from last year, while combined data from the now defunct Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) and the recently-opened Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) showed a 12 per cent rise to 9.6 million.
Collectively, the airports recorded a 12 per cent growth to 20.3 million passengers from 18.2 million in May last year, thus prompting MAHB to set a new combined target of 51 million passenger traffic for the year.
In tandem with the passenger traffic growth, KLIA also logged in a nine per cent rise in aircraft movement to 139,956 with the addition of eight new airlines, namely Air France, Turkish Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Iraqi Airways, Regent Airways, Shanghai Airlines, Flynas and Malindo Air.
This brings the total number of airlines operating out of KLIA to 63.
Meanwhile, MAHB will use the RM300 million government allocation to spruce up amenities at its network of 39 airports nationwide.
“Of course, we will not refresh all of our airports this year but rather pick the ones that will benefit the most,” said Badlisham.
He also said MAHB will continue to strive for better performance from KLIA and its network of airports.
“An airport is the first and last impression of our country, and, because of that, we must continue to offer a positive and lasting impression to the visitors who come into our country through KLIA.” -NST
Original Source: www.malaysia-chronicle.com