24 November 2015
Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) is footing the RM76.5 million repair bill at budget airport klia2, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi told the Dewan Rakyat today.
He was replying to a question by Teo Nie Ching (DAP-Kulai) who asked whether it was the airport contractor or the government paying for repairs at the new RM4 billion airport, which opened in May last year.
Teo said klia2 had already incurred a RM76.5 million repair bill despite being operational for only over a year.
The deputy minister, in wrapping up the debate on Budget 2016, urged all parties to stop casting aspersions on safety issues at the budget terminal, saying that the progress works was going well.
Aziz also said the issue did not affect operations at klia2 and that its safety had been certified by the relevant bodies, including the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
He denied claims that the third runway, which was usually used by AirAsia, risked being closed due to persistent ponding and soil depression problems.
Aziz was responding to a question by Mohamed Hanipa Maidin (Amanah-Sepang) who said they were informed by executives of the budget airline that the runway risked being closed if problems persisted.
"The information given by AirAsia is inaccurate, we only have problems with the apron and some soil settlement and this is expected to take five years (to resolve). It is not dangerous.
"The soil settlement is not a big issue, when the soil is fully settled, there will be no more sinking. The matter has been handled properly and will not affect the operations at klia2.
"AirAsia has never failed to take off or land," the deputy minister said. – November 24, 2015.
Original Source: themalaysianinsider.com
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