Monday, December 20, 2010

AirAsia proposes low-cost terminal for Kota Kinabalu

Budget carrier AirAsia Bhd has officially written to Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) to inform that the airline does not require aerobridges at the upcoming permanent low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) or KLIA 2, says Group Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Dr Tony Fernandes.

He justified that aerobridges would only add to the airline’s cost but, however, suggested that aerobridges may be useful during wet weather.

Fernandes explained that AirAsia’s aim to remain a budget airline, offering the lowest fare for everyone, would be lost if cost goes up to the passenger.

Ultimately, passenger will have to pay for any additional cost incurred by the airline.

“We have confirmed in writing to MAHB that we do not require aerobridges at KLIA 2. We have made our representation officially.

“But, we suggested six to eight aerobridges for use during wet weather. The airline will pay for the use of the aerobridge which will be charged accordingly by MAHB,” he told reporters here recently.

AirAsia previously resisted using aerobridges at the current temporary LCCT to keep its cost structure low and in keeping with its quick turnaround time.

Fernandes had on previous occasions echoed that “the solution would be to have some aerobridges so that if it rains very heavily, we can use it and pay for it then. I think our passengers still want lower fares”.

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