Committee to seek AirAsia's views on delayed KLIA2 project

Committee to seek AirAsia's views on delayed KLIA2 project

MALAYSIA - Airasia will be called up by the Parliament Accounts Committee (PAC) to give its views on the delayed KLIA2 project, which is scheduled to open in a month's time.

PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jaslan Mohamed said representatives from the low-cost carrier would be given the opportunity to air their views on the issue, although the airline was not directly involved in the construction or implementation of the project.

"A lot was raised on AirAsia and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) had made it seem as though they (AirAsia) had a lot of influence in the project," he said after chairing a PAC hearing involving MAHB senior representatives here yesterday.

Based on the latest development, Nur Jaslan said that KLIA2 would be operational on May 2 following a soft-launching ceremony involving low-cost carriers Malindo Air and Cebu Air.

Asked if AirAsia would also begin operations at KLIA2 on May 2, he said this was a decision for the airline to make.

"They (AirAsia) will move in only after May 2. As for the exact date, you have to ask AirAsia," he said.

On the briefing over the delays and cost over-run for the estimated RM4 billion (S$1.5 billion) project, Nur Jaslan said that the problems were caused by financial leakages or poor planning.

"The goal post was changed when plans for KLIA2 were altered to meet the rapid changes and growth to the low-cost carrier industry.

"This resulted in delays and additional costs to meet the necessary changes," he said, citing the addition of a third runway as an example.

He said PAC's findings into the issue would be made public to dispel negative public perception over the project.

"KLIA2 is a project that is financed by MAHB and has nothing to do with the Government. All decisions were made by MAHB without any government intervention," he added.

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