AirAsia operations now in KKIA Terminal 1

AirAsia operations now in KKIA Terminal 1
The move paves the way for Malaysia Airlines to shut down Kota Kinabalu Airport's Terminal 2
PHOTO: The Straits Times

KOTA KINABALU - All AirAsia operations have moved to Kota Kinabalu International Airports (KKIA) Terminal 1, paving the way for Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAB) to shut down Terminal 2.

MAB chief operating officer Datuk Abd Hamid Mohd Ali said the number of passengers using Termi­nal 1 annually would increase from 3.2 million to 6.8 million with AirAsia finally moving its operations there.

However, even with that increase, Terminal 1 is still underutilised as its capacity is nine million passengers annually.

Hamid said MAB had posted notices of AirAsia's relocation to Terminal 1 at various airports to notify passengers.

The relocation, he said, would be a smooth one as MAB, the airline and other authorities had been preparing for it since October.

Hamid said AirAsia had also carried out simulations for arrival and departures at Terminal 1 on Nov 23 and 28 as part of preparations for the relocation.

"Their systems are ready, as well as their ticketing, administration and ramp offices," he added.

Hamid said MAB had been waiting for AirAsia's relocation to Terminal 1 since the Government announced in 2010.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had previously said that there was a plan to convert Terminal 2 into a dedicated terminal for cargo and air services.

He said the move to centralise airlines at the main terminal was aimed at making Sabah a regional hub.

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