KL’s new budget terminal grounded again

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klia2-visualisedThe schedule for Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2), planned to become Asia’s largest airport hub for low-cast airlines, has been delayed again, local media reported on June 3.

The $1.3 billion airport, designed as Malaysia’s ‘next generation airport hub’ and built on 257,000 square meters some 1,5 kilometers away from the existing Kuala Lumpur International Airport, was originally scheduled to be completed in September 2011. However, construction has been delayed several times since then and of five targeted opening dates in a row none could be kept.

It is not even clear what the reasons for the many delays were. One blame suppliers and construction firms, others say that Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), developer and future management body of the airport, suffers from an ‘incompetent management’ that causes delays and ever-rising costs.

While works on KLIA2 began in 2010 to construct an airport for 25 million passengers a year at costs of around $650 million, the project has since been changed to double its size and to cater for 45 million passengers.

The latest opening date has been given with June 28, 2013, but had to be revised again as MAHB said that contractors notified them recently that they could not meet this deadline and have asked to extend the KLIA2 opening date to February 1, 2014.

KLIA2 is being built mainly for AirAsia, Southeast Asia’s largest  low-costs airline headquartered in Kuala Lumpur. AirAsia head Tony Fernandes is one of the greatest critics of the delays as the current Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), AirAsia’s Malaysian hub , is already bursting at the seams. Firefly and Malindo Air are also expected to move to KLIA2.

 

 

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The schedule for Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2), planned to become Asia’s largest airport hub for low-cast airlines, has been delayed again, local media reported on June 3.

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klia2-visualisedThe schedule for Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2), planned to become Asia’s largest airport hub for low-cast airlines, has been delayed again, local media reported on June 3.

The $1.3 billion airport, designed as Malaysia’s ‘next generation airport hub’ and built on 257,000 square meters some 1,5 kilometers away from the existing Kuala Lumpur International Airport, was originally scheduled to be completed in September 2011. However, construction has been delayed several times since then and of five targeted opening dates in a row none could be kept.

It is not even clear what the reasons for the many delays were. One blame suppliers and construction firms, others say that Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), developer and future management body of the airport, suffers from an ‘incompetent management’ that causes delays and ever-rising costs.

While works on KLIA2 began in 2010 to construct an airport for 25 million passengers a year at costs of around $650 million, the project has since been changed to double its size and to cater for 45 million passengers.

The latest opening date has been given with June 28, 2013, but had to be revised again as MAHB said that contractors notified them recently that they could not meet this deadline and have asked to extend the KLIA2 opening date to February 1, 2014.

KLIA2 is being built mainly for AirAsia, Southeast Asia’s largest  low-costs airline headquartered in Kuala Lumpur. AirAsia head Tony Fernandes is one of the greatest critics of the delays as the current Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), AirAsia’s Malaysian hub , is already bursting at the seams. Firefly and Malindo Air are also expected to move to KLIA2.

 

 

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