KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd says klia2 is neither an independent airport nor a hub but the KL International Airport’s (KLIA) second terminal and is a crucial component of the KLIA hub.
“Although klia2 is currently mainly used by low-cost carriers, it is designed to cater to all types of airlines as it supports the overall KLIA capacity,” the airport operator said in clarifying its position in regard to AirAsia’s plan to promote klia2 as LCCT2 and promoting it as a low-cost hub.
Earlier today, AirAsia’s Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes announced that the airline would launch a campaign to promote klia2 as LCCT2 (Low-Cost Carrier Terminal 2), reinforcing Kuala Lumpur’s position as the leading low-cost gateway to Asia and beyond.
MAHB also said klia2 is the registered name of the terminal under the International Air Transport Association and calling it by any other name would only serve to mislead and cause confusion to the public and passengers.
Elaborating further, MAHB said under its five-year business plan – Runway to Success 2020 – it is working to position KLIA as an integrated hub that would provide seamless connectivity between airlines, whether full service, hybrid or low-cost.
This is similar to other successful international hubs which rely on all types of airlines operating within a single airport system.
MAHB cited Dubai, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Hong Kong and Singapore as examples of formidable hubs.
In the case of Dubai and Singapore, low-cost traffic component makes up 26% of their total traffic. However, this percentage represents a segment of a much larger volume of international traffic compared with klia2.
“Successful hubs are measured by the extent of the international connectivity and it is evident that this can only be achieved by leveraging on full service carrier network and alliances as well,” it said.
When klia2 was envisaged, it was meant to enhance KLIA’s connectivity and elevate its position as a competitive hub within the region.
The KLIA Main Terminal is connected worldwide to 1,026 destinations through 166 airlines, thus, klia2 is in good position to leverage this ready connectivity.
By virtue of this, it is crucial to view and position both the KLIA Main Terminal and klia2 together as the KUL Hub or an integrated airport system, instead of taking klia2 as an independent low-cost hub.
MAHB manages and operates 39 airports in Malaysia and one international airport in Istanbul, Turkey.
The 39 airports in Malaysia comprise five international airports, 16 domestic airports and 18 Short Take-Off and Landing Ports (STOLports).
It also provides airport management and technical services for the development, operation, maintenance and management of overseas international airports.