MAHB: KLIA2 on track for June 28 opening

SEPANG: The construction works at the new low-cost airline hub, KLIA2, is on track and the airport is on schedule for a June 28 launch, said Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB).

Chairman Wan Aziz Wan Abdullah said the new airport is 82% complete, including works for air traffic control tower and paving the runway.

He said all efforts are taken to meet the target date, which was mooted by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, to coincide with the date of the launch of Kuala Lumpur International Airport in 1998.

“MAHB is closely monitoring the progress of the work being done by the contractors, with some works by the contractors behind schedule but efforts are being taken by them to catch up and work towards the target date.

“As the terminal operations involve multiple stakeholders including airlines and agencies, it is important that all parties are ready before the terminal can be operational,” Wan Aziz told reporters after the company’s annual general meeting here today.

MAHB is also employing 1,102 new staff for KLIA2, of whom 746 are for aviation security, 86 for airport fire and rescue services, 98 for engineering and maintenance and 172 are in operations services.

MAHB’s chief financial officer, Faizal Mansor, said with the opening of KLIA2, the airport operator expected its retail revenue to jump to RM800 million this year from RM537.5 million last year.

With some 10 airlines committed to operate from the new airport, Faizal said KLIA2, which has a significant space portion for retail, had attracted many international retail brands.

The RM4 billion KLIA2, built to cater for the explosive growth expected in low-cost travel, is envisaged to handle a maximum of 45 million passengers per year.

It will have 60 gates, eight remote stands and 80 aerobridges, plus a 32,000 sq metre retail space with 225 outlets.