Kuala Lumpur to build new budget terminal

14 Mar 2009

The Malaysian capital will have a new budget airline terminal by 2011.

It will be a boon to homegrown AirAsia, the budget terminal’s main tenant, which expects its fleet to increase to 184 aircraft by 2013.

The move is also said to pit Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) against Singapore’s Changi Airport and Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Costing RM2 billion (US$543 million) to build, the budget terminal will be located next to the KLIA.

It plans to handle 30 million passengers annually, which is three times the capacity at the current three-year-old budget terminal.

The existing express rail link will be extended to connect the facility to the main KLIA terminal building and the city centre.

A third runway, 70-aircraft parking bays and a 6,000-lot car park will also be available.

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Julian Tan

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