Wednesday, September 1, 2010

AirAsia X Negotiates For Bridges In Kuala Lumpur Budget Terminal


Aviation Daily Sep 01 , 2010 , p. 12
Neelam Mathews

Budget long-haul operator AirAsia X has started negotiating use of passenger boarding bridges at Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s new budget terminal “subject to receiving a commercial proposal from Malaysia Airports that we can accept,” says CEO Azran Osman-Rani.

The new low-cost carrier terminal, the opening of which has been delayed from the end of 2011 to mid-2012, is expected to be the largest in the world. Known as KLIA 2, the terminal initially will handle 30 million passengers a year. Capacity is expected to increase to 45 million in phases.

The current low-cost terminal hosts AirAsia, Thai AirAsia, AirAsia X, Cebu Pacific Airways and Tiger Airways.

AirAsia previously has said its growth has been pushed back because it requires a larger terminal with passenger traffic forecast to reach 30 million by 2013.

Meanwhile, principal AirAsia may convert debt owed by its associates into equity when they seek listing, Group CEO Tony Fernandes was quoted as saying.

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