More integrated airports will attract tourists to Malaysia

KLIA – Pic: World Traveller Blog

KUALA LUMPUR:- Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) is planning for better airside transfers and interlining to improve connectivity between the main terminal KLIA and the budget airline terminal KLIA2.

MAHB chief executive, Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin said, the plan will also offer more seamless connections between full-service carriers to low-cost carriers and vice-versa.

“If a person is flying into Malaysia on a full-service carrier and then taking a connecting flight on a low-cost carrier to Sandakan for example, that person does not have to check-out, go to KLIA2 and check out the luggage all over again.

 “With the airside transfers and interlining, your baggage will be automatically transferred between the airlines and you can move more easily,” he said as quoted by FMT.

Raja Azmi added, Kuala Lumpur Airport (KUL) was losing out to Changi Airport in Singapore which has three runways and four main terminals and more robust connectivity between the terminals.

According to Raja Azmi, MAHB is collaborating with Tourism Malaysia with both parties contributing RM10 million for tourism promotion through companies involved in the business and also allocated RM5 million for a campaign to promote Langkawi while drawing more airlines to fly to the island.

Raja Azmi said after AirAsia moved to Terminal 1 in December 2015 the passenger traffic at Kota Kinabalu had increased. Seven more airlines then followed, taking advantage of the enhanced connectivity.

MAHB subsidizes operations of 31airports and around the country with the revenue garnered from eight airports including Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi and airports in Sabah and Sarawak.

“If we have a more integrated Kuala Lumpur Airport, more airlines will be attracted to fly to KUL and passengers will have more choices of inbound and outbound connecting flights,” he said. –Malaysia World News

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