SUBANG: KLIA2 will be the first hybrid airport in Malaysia, shedding
its low-cost terminal label to provide Business Class services to
accommodate AirAsia’s needs.
The airport will also have total segregation of arrival and
departure passengers, upgrading the building to three storeys from
two previously. Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi
said this was following the largest airline to utilise KLIA2
AirAsia’s request to increase facilities.
It had expanded its
services to the Business Class passengers under AirAsia X. “KLIA2 is
now considered a hybrid airport, not a low-cost terminal anymore, on
the request by AirAsia to increase the capacity of the airport to
accommodate future needs,” Aziz said at the inaugural send-off of
Firefly’s newest aircraft ATR72-600.
that the passenger segregation feature would lend a hand in addressing
the elusive human trafficking activities at the airport.
He reassured that the airport would not face any more delays for its new
completion date set at April 30, 2014, and that the cost should not
escalate beyond the RM4bil set. The highly anticipated terminal, KLIA2
is on track to operate on 2nd May 2014.
Aziz added that the number of non-compliance reports lodged by Malaysia
Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) against contractors of KLIA2 now stood at
“It would take (about) five months for the contractors to rectify the
parts that did not match the specifications set by MAHB, and this is one
of the reasons the airport’s construction has been delayed,” he said.
On Firefly Sdn Bhd’s latest ATR72-600 turboprop aircraft addition to its
fleet, he said this showed the potential of the aviation industry in
Malaysia that was growing well.