More budget airlines set to fly from klia2
MORE budget airlines will be flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2), the new purpose-built low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT), here, when it opens next year.
Business Times understands that several foreign budget airlines have indicated their interest to operate from klia2 as passenger traffic rises in the Asia Pacific.
"MAHB (Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd) is talking to several parties but there is nothing on the table yet. Hopefully, by the time klia2 opens, one or two deals would have materialised," a source said.
Low-cost airlines currently operating from the existing LCCT are AirAsia, Thai AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, AirAsia X, Tiger Air Mandala, Singapore's Tiger Airways and Cebu Pacific Air of the Philippines.
The International Air Transport Association's global passenger traffic data for August showed international passenger volume rising 7.5 per cent year-on-year for the month, with Asia Pacific recording an 8.6 per cent growth.
Meanwhile, MAHB managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid said budget carriers will start operating from the klia2 from May 2 next year.
"There are currently more than five airlines operating at the LCCT. All will move to klia2 when it opens next year," Bashir told Business Times yesterday after a test landing of hybrid carrier Malindo Air's Boeing 737-900ER on klia2's third runway.
Also present was acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
The klia2, which costs RM4 billion to build, is scheduled to open on May 2 next year.