Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad MD Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (09-Aug-2013) the “requirements have changed completely” in the last decade for LCCs at airports, citing the addition of lounges, an airport hotel at KLIA2 and increases in LCC transit traffic as examples. Mr Ahmad added, “we have seen that the model has changed very significantly for low costs.”
MAHB MD: 'Requirements have changed completely' for LCCs at airports
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