Passenger numbers up in Malaysia despite MH370 crisis

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KLIADespite a decline in the growth rate for air passenger traffic towards the last 10 days of March 2014 due to the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 incident, the overall growth momentum remained positive, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said on April 11.

Passenger traffic grew by 13 per cent in March, bringing the first three months’ total growth to 18 per cent compared with the same period last year, the airports operator said in a filing to Bursa Malaysia. A new record total of 20.6 million passengers, for a single quarter, passed through MAHB’s 39 airports in Malaysia, with broad-based growth in both domestic and international travel.

International passengers rose 15 per cent year-on-year, while domestic traffic expanded by 22 per cent in the first quarter of this year.

“It is patently clear that both foreign airlines and the issuance of a third license to Malindo Air, have resulted in the tapping of under-served demand,” said MAHB.

Passengers at the main terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport grew by 19 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter to 6.5 million passengers, with Malaysia Airlines-One World alliance making the larger contributor to the growth. Passengers at the low-cost carrier terminal grew by 13 per cent to 5.8 million passengers.

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Despite a decline in the growth rate for air passenger traffic towards the last 10 days of March 2014 due to the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 incident, the overall growth momentum remained positive, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said on April 11.

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KLIADespite a decline in the growth rate for air passenger traffic towards the last 10 days of March 2014 due to the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 incident, the overall growth momentum remained positive, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said on April 11.

Passenger traffic grew by 13 per cent in March, bringing the first three months’ total growth to 18 per cent compared with the same period last year, the airports operator said in a filing to Bursa Malaysia. A new record total of 20.6 million passengers, for a single quarter, passed through MAHB’s 39 airports in Malaysia, with broad-based growth in both domestic and international travel.

International passengers rose 15 per cent year-on-year, while domestic traffic expanded by 22 per cent in the first quarter of this year.

“It is patently clear that both foreign airlines and the issuance of a third license to Malindo Air, have resulted in the tapping of under-served demand,” said MAHB.

Passengers at the main terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport grew by 19 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter to 6.5 million passengers, with Malaysia Airlines-One World alliance making the larger contributor to the growth. Passengers at the low-cost carrier terminal grew by 13 per cent to 5.8 million passengers.

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