30-Jan-2006 9:52 AM
Malaysia low-cost air hub to open early March
KUALA LUMPUR (AFX) - Malaysia's low-cost aviation hub will begin
business early March, AirAsia vice president Raja Mohamad Azmi told
Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd general manager Azmi Murad has put the date for opening at March 6.
"We are working on a tentative date of March 6 for the terminal to be fully operational," he was quoted as saying by the Star newspaper Saturday.
Malaysia's government hopes the new facility will help turn Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) into a regional aviation hub. Construction of the terminal for low-cost airlines began last June.
"At least five to six million people will use the low cost airline terminal in the first year of business. Obviously the numbers will grow," Raja Azmi said.
The 100-mln-rgt hub is about 20 kilometers from the KLIA. The terminal can handle 4,000 passengers an hour. Its 30 aircraft parking bays and 72 check-in counters would be fully operational by the launch date.
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