AirAsia pushes for more LCCTs in Malaysia with private input
AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes stated there is a need for the establishment of more LCCTs in the country (Bernama/Business Times, 19-Dec-2010). He proposed that LCCTs be constructed in Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Penang and Langkawi adding there is a need for such facilities in these areas. He stated the country should have five LCCTs in a move to cater for its growth and the growth of the regional travel market. Mr Fernandes stated he has communicated his thoughts to MAHB, but added he has not been successful in converting them to the idea.
AirAsia: "While we have been ahead of the game in low-cost terminals, ASEAN is fast catching up. Indonesia is looking at more low cost airports and terminals ... Financing for such an airport/terminal is not an issue. If the government or MAHB does not want to foot the bill, I'm sure private investors will. Just tell them that AirAsia will be flying there [to the LCCTs]. The issue is opening up airports, if there can be private roads and private power plants, why not private airports? I hope, MAHB will not miss out on the opportunity. You can see the tremendous growth we have brought and the same economic growth can be generated in other states which will spur tourism and the state economy. I have started talks with MAHB on this but have not been successful but I hope they will re-look at it and see how crucial it is. Why can't we have private terminals. They should open it up. If they don't want to do it, let others do it, anyone would want to do it if you say AirAsia wants to fly. There's no monopoly in any business in Malaysia," Tony Fernandes, CEO. Source: Business Times, 19-Dec-2010.