Based on Air Asia's model, KLIA did not want to use the aerobridges, the baggage or the check-in systems. Also Air Asia needed to have power-in, power-out apron operations. As long as Air Asia remained at the main terminal, its growth would have been hindered.
To enable them to grow, the best solution was to provide them a separate facility to meet their operational requirements which would then enable them to have greater operational efficiency. So it was decided to look for a place to build a separate facility for low-cost airlines. MAHB managed to identify seven sites where the facility could be built.
Under the original master plan for KLIA, there is ample land to house four satellite buildings, two terminal structures and five runaways. If all the buildings are constructed, KLIA should be able to handle 100 million passengers a year.
For now, only one satellite and terminal building is available to handle 25 million passengers a year. There is no denying that a new satellite building needs to be constructed next to the legacy hub to meet future growth in full-service passengers, but before 2015.
What is more urgent now is a permanent structure for low-cost air travel since growth in this sector is robust. Therefore, MAHB's proposal makes a lot of sense. It would not just allow both the legacy and LCC hubs to be housed next to each other but, in terms of logistics, it will provide connectivity for passengers who need to change from low-cost to full-service carriers.
[Edited 2013-01-01 02:50:41]
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