27 November 2014
“By then (in the next five years) we anticipate there will still be some soil movement but less depression and water ponding in the areas,” said the airport operator’s managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali at a media briefing, here, yesterday.
The depression and water ponding are due to the differential settlement at the apron and taxiway areas, whereby parts of the structure rest on piling while the rest are on normal ground.
Badlisham said MAHB and its sub-contractors have embarked on a special maintenance programme to address the issues.
The maintenance programme is part of the airport operator’s operational expenditure to run klia2.
Business Times understands that MAHB has set aside some RM10 million a year for the programme.
The programme includes routine patching works, resurfacing or overlay works and the construction of concrete slabs at the affected parking aprons and taxiways.
Meanwhile, MAHB welcomes the Public Accounts Committee’s call to the government to order the Auditor-General to carry out a full and thorough audit on klia2.
Badlisham said the mammoth size of the terminal is to cater to 45 million passengers per annum as well as airlines’ changing business models.
“We are a public-listed company but we are also a customer-centric company. Customers nowadays demand comfort, so we are providing them comfort by offering them services such as the Sama-Sama hotel in klia2, along with choices of various food and beverage outlets and shopping outlets,” he added.
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