MAHB lauds move to upgrade air traffic system
KUALA LUMPUR: The government's move to upgrade the air traffic management system and build a new air traffic management centre at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) will reduce traffic congestion and boost Malaysia's capacity in handling air traffic.
Airport operators, airlines and analysts welcomed the allocation for airport upgrading and the national aviation policy to help Malaysia compete effectively in air travel.
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid said the new air traffic control system will allow airlines to use all three runways at KLIA and elevate the airport ahead of other airports in the region.
AirAsia Bhd chief executive Aireen Omar said the system upgrade will encourage greater efficiency and traffic growth into Malaysia.
Maybank Investment Bank Bhd (Maybank IB) analyst Mohshin Aziz said the government's move is timely since it coincides with the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) opening in May 2014.
"The new system will make things more efficient and it is good for everyone. In terms of airlines, there will be less congestion at the airport and less congestion means the operators will be able to accomodate more aircraft. It will be good for travellers as they will experience less delays in take off or landing," he said.
Bashir Ahmad said MAHB is working closely with the government to continue to upgrade the airport infrastructure for the comfort and convenience of the travellers.
He welcomed the national aviation policy, which will be formulated by the government to strengthen the ecosystem and services network in the aviation industry.
Aireen said the policy is important to ensure that Malaysia can compete effectively with other countries in the region and keep its status as Asia's hub for low-cost carriers.
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