AirAsia announced plans to relocate to Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s new LCCT by Mar-2012, a year later than originally planned (AFP/Reuters, 03-May-2010). The new terminal will have the capacity to handle 30 million passengers p/a, up from the 15 million p/a at the current LCCT. Under its agreement with Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), the terminal will also provide the carrier with 76 parking bays and its new headquarters next to the terminal building. CEO, Tony Fernandes, stated the carrier is happy with the new terminal and it can now resume some routes that it was forced to suspend due to the terminal’s lack of capacity, including Hat Yai, Palembang and Balikpapan. AirAsia is also planning to launch services to the Maldives this year. The terminal will be open to other LCCs.
AirAsia: “We are very happy with the design, it has taken in a lot of our input. We think that with this, a large part of our battle to make Malaysia the biggest hub of Asia is over…This can enable us to plan for the next 10 years,” Tony Fernandes, CEO. Source: AFP, 04-May-2010.