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KUALA LUMPUR: In an about-turn, AirAsia group has said it will move into klia2 in Sepang by the May 9 deadline, having refused earlier to move out from the current low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) owing to “many unresolved issues” at the new terminal.

 

The group’s announcement signifies its willingness to end its long deadlock with Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), which has been steadfast in its stand to close the current LCCT by May 9.
“AirAsia as a group has been making all necessary preparations to move into klia2, in line with the Operational Readiness and Transfer (ORAT) specifications, such as airside and operations trials. With MAHB’s assistance and support, we would be able to comply with the ORAT requirements to facilitate our move,” it said in a statement yesterday.
The budget airline said that although there are still a few outstanding commercial issues, it should not hold back its operations at klia2 as planned, adding that it is looking forward to operate from klia2 as well as to the next stage of its growth and development through the new airport.
“We hope not only to expand our business over the long term, but also to contribute to the growth of the nation’s aviation industry and significantly contribute towards the positive multiplier effect of the tourism industry,” it added.
AirAsia’s move into klia2 had been a matter of contention owing to cost considerations and delays in the opening of the airport. Its CEO Aireen Omar said earlier this month that the airline would remain at the current LCCT, given the many unresolved issues.
She added that despite AirAsia’s imminent move to klia2, AirAsia must move under the “right circumstances” and that it is “not being difficult on purpose”.
MAHB had announced the May 2 deadline for klia2’s opening, and said the terminal will officially start operating on that date with or without AirAsia. On April 5, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak directed AirAsia to move into klia2 on May 9 as scheduled, despite the airline’s objections.
The matter was further complicated when AirAsia, as reported by The Edge Financial Daily on April 11, requested for indemnity against any disruption to its operations as a condition for moving to the terminal.
According to sources, the indemnity is among several key commercial, operational and contractual open items being discussed by AirAsia and MAHB. Several other issues were also said to be brought up at the meeting between the two parties.
In the statement yesterday, the airline expressed its appreciation to the prime minister and the government for the decision to enlist the expertise of the International Civil Aviation Organisation to further evaluate klia2 and determine the long-term safety of the new airport.
“This decision reflects the priority the government is giving to the issue of safety, and assuring the public that klia2 is safe. We are very grateful for this priority that the government has placed on this issue,” said AirAsia.
According to an analyst with MIDF Research, operations at the new terminal should proceed smoothly as planned. “I think the transition will be smooth and it will not encounter any major problems. AirAsia is one of the most efficient airlines, with many years of experience in the industry. Starting operations should not be a problem.”
Meanwhile, an aviation analyst said there is a need for airlines operating at the new terminal to ensure that the non-safety aspects of operations at klia2 are not compromised. “The commercial terms feels rather rushed … they won’t compromise on safety as there is too much at stake. However, there may not be enough time for airlines to accustom themselves to klia2’s operating environment,” the analyst told The Edge Financial Daily.
He said there is a need to allow sufficient time for the airlines to understand the infrastructure and layout of klia2, as well as the logistical and other processes involved. “There are also processes such as baggage handling, directing the passengers from point to point, and the landing and parking of the plane. Safety is only one aspect of the ORAT,” he added.
This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on April 16, 2014.

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Looks like AK really have no real issues with KLIA2 with regards to "cracks and all" as it have now agreed to move and supposedly after MAB agreed to have ICAO to cgeck through klia2 - which now am not sure if ICAO will go ahead since ak have agreed to move now. On MAB raising airport charges, well believed that's inevitable as they need to recoup the rm4 billion invested in the building of klia2 but on ak side, am sure ak will pass on the increases to pax - and as long as the airport charges is even marginally lower than the main Klia - then ak still maintain some of its low costs model.

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So by 9 may.. By when? I got a flight on 9 May.

 

Correct me if I'm wrong. Last operation should be on the 8th up until midnight, then all departure and arrival will be at new terminal.

 

If not during the wee hours of 9/5 best to be at the airport early, maybe try to canvas for spotting locations. :D

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On MAB raising airport charges, well believed that's inevitable as they need to recoup the rm4 billion invested in the building of klia2 but on ak side, am sure ak will pass on the increases to pax - and as long as the airport charges is even marginally lower than the main Klia - then ak still maintain some of its low costs model.

MAHB themselves have already said that they do not need to raise charges because they have increased the number of retail lots. So, the additional rental income derived from those retail lots will be sufficient to recoup the construction costs without the need for burdening the passengers.

So by 9 may.. By when? I got a flight on 9 May.

I am sure that Airasia will be making the necessary announcements soon - so look out for them in their website, social media, etc. Usually, they will also email or SMS if you are directly affected. If not, it is best to check with the airline on the day of departure.

Edited by flee

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This would not be Malaysia if we did not have our Drama Minggu Ini :)

It's more like Drama Dekad Ini. :D

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After a long time, finally taking AK to get to the Putrajaya Air Race 17/5 and to sample KLIA2 :D

 

Pity MH though, their fares are so similar even without AK add-ons !

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Gotta admit - i'm getting kinda excited about this. It looks great and I hope it stays that way!

 

Overruns and controversies aside - i'm sick and tired of the bus shed. This is a great improvement.

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Gotta admit - i'm getting kinda excited about this. It looks great and I hope it stays that way!

 

Overruns and controversies aside - i'm sick and tired of the bus shed. This is a great improvement.

Won't be long before the lack of maintainence becomes apparent!

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KLIA2 Obtains Certificate Of Completion, Compliance


KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 (Bernama) -- KLIA2, the world's largest purpose-built terminal for low-cost carriers, has obtained the Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) from UEMC-Bina Puri JV, the main terminal building contractors.


The issuance of the CCC not only certifies the safety of the project but is also a go-ahead for all relevant authorities to occupy the terminal building including airlines that can start operating from the new hybrid airport.


"We obtained the CCC yesterday, April 17," Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) Senior General Manager (Operations Services) Datuk Azmi Murad told BERNAMA.


The CCC must comply with the Fire and Rescue Department, Sepang Municipal Council and Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) specifications.


MAHB conducted a mock run of the Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT), which is a trial to stimulate functionality and operational aspects, since early February.


The final ORAT will take place on April 30.


Flight operations at KLIA2 will begin on May 2 while the current low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) is scheduled to close on May 9.


Malindo Air, Cebu Pacific Air, Tiger Airways Singapore, Lion Air, Indonesia's Mandala Airlines have announced that they will begin operations at KLIA2 by May 2.


On April 15, AirAsia confirmed it would join the bandwagon and operate out of KLIA2 by May 9.


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where is the contact pier?

He meant by the MTB

Edited by Zamir

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Guess that means the contact pier is back to being MH's turf...

 

It is pax friendly and make operational sense for MH to operate all its flights from contact pier and leave foreign carriers at satellite terminal.

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It is pax friendly and make operational sense for MH to operate all its flights from contact pier and leave foreign carriers at satellite terminal.

Im confused.. If contact pier is the MTB.. then isnt it already MH's turf? or are you saying because Malindo is there so its not MH's turf?

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Im confused.. If contact pier is the MTB.. then isnt it already MH's turf? or are you saying because Malindo is there so its not MH's turf?

Currently OD also operated from contact pier besides MAS. Since OD will move to KLIA2, the contact pier will be dominated by MAS once again

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It is pax friendly and make operational sense for MH to operate all its flights from contact pier and leave foreign carriers at satellite terminal.

MTB can't handle A380 & offers limited space for the night time rush of widebody flights to AU/EU/South & North Asia.

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After the KLIA2 opens the MTB will be dominated by MH B737s, with occasional widebodies during the Haj season. International WB flights will still be operating from the satellite building. MAB can't afford to have MH operates solely from the MTB due to the proliferationof duty-free shops in the satellite building.

 

BTW contact pier should be equated to aerobridges, so to call MTB as the contact pier is technically incorrect.

 

As usual expect some "teething problems" with any new openings, so if time is critical I will not be using the new terminals for the 1st few days at least.

Edited by Radzi

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Anybody know the parking rates at this new terminal ah? I'm trying to work out what how many days is the sweet spot is vs taking a taxi

 

With the RM2 ride across to the old KLIA... maybe there's an idea :)

Edited by Suzanne Goh

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