This will ease KLIA con­ges­tion, says Jo­hari

New Straits Times - - Front Page - KUALA LUMPUR

MALAYSIA Air­ports Hold­ings Bhd (MAHB) should con­sider re­lo­cat­ing bud­get air­line Malindo Air to Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port 2 (klia2) to ease con­ges­tion at Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port (KLIA).

MAHB should also ini­ti­ate col­lec­tion of out­stand­ing pas­sen­ger ser­vice charges from air­lines, in­clud­ing Malindo.

Sec­ond Fi­nance Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Jo­hari Ab­dul Ghani said MAHB should in­sist bud­get car­ri­ers op­er­ate at klia2 as this was the most im­me­di­ate step to ease con­ges­tion at KLIA, adding that the long-term so­lu­tion was to ex­pand KLIA, but it would take time.

Umno Youth had called for im­me­di­ate ac­tion to move the op­er­a­tions of bud­get car­rier Malindo Air back to Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port 2 (klia2).

Its deputy chief, Se­na­tor Khairul Azwan Harun, said hav­ing the air­line op­er­ate at klia2 would be in the best in­ter­est of na­tional car­rier Malaysia Air­lines, which op­er­ates from KLIA.

“We want an im­me­di­ate cor­rec­tion to be made to en­sure that Malindo Air op­er­a­tions are al­lowed only at klia2 as Malindo Air is a low-cost car­rier.

“In the best in­ter­est of Malaysia Air­lines, we want Malindo Air not to op­er­ate from KLIA’s main ter­mi­nal.”

He said the sin­gle largest share­holder of Malindo Air was In­done­sian Rusdi Ki­rana.

“Rusdi and its (Malindo Air’s) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Chan­dran Rama Muthy must re­spect and abide by the orig­i­nal spirit of the agree­ment as a low-cost air­line and ful­fil its obli­ga­tions un­der prior ar­range­ment.”

Malindo Air op­er­ates from KLIA and Sul­tan Ab­dul Aziz Shah Air­port, or Subang Air­port.

Is­sues of flight op­er­a­tions and con­ges­tion at KLIA came un­der the spot­light re­cently af­ter nu­mer­ous com­plaints on how pas­sen­gers had to en­dure long wait­ing to clear Cus­toms and Im­mi­gra­tion checks.

Tourism Malaysia chair­man Datuk Dr Siew Ka Wei said the board was work­ing with the Im­mi­gra­tion De­part­ment and MAHB to re­solve con­ges­tion and de­lays ex­pe­ri­enced by tourists.

“We look for­ward to a quick so­lu­tion as the sit­u­a­tion is crit­i­cal.

“The com­ing months are peak hol­i­day sea­son for many mar­kets. In ad­di­tion, the Sea Games is just around the cor­ner, and we are ex­pect­ing to wel­come some 15,000 ath­letes and of­fi­cials, as well as sup­port­ers.”

(From left) Datuk Seri Jo­hari Ab­dul Ghani, Khairul Azwan Harun and Rusdi Ki­rana.

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