Thursday, November 22, 2007

AirAsia offers to operate Subang airport on its own

SEPANG, Thurs:

AirAsia Bhd is keen to operate and develop the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport at Subang via private financing initiative (PFI) and make it more business driven and competitive regionally.
AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said today the company is prepared to table a fresh proposal to the government seeking its permission to operate the airport.

When asked for his reaction should the government allow this, he said:“Definitely AirAsia will be prepared for that (to operate the Subang Airport via PFI).“You have PFI roads, PFI power stations as well as many infrastructure projects, why not the airport,” he told reporters after the company’s annual general meeting here.Personally, he said, it will be a good idea for the government to allow AirAsia to go into Subang Airport so that subsequently the no-frills airline will address on its own all matters related to the operation and infrastructure of the airport.

AirAsia had, among others, suggested that it too be allowed to operate via Subang just like community airline FireFly, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines.Yesterday, AirAsia X chairman Datuk Seri Kalimullah Hassan was reported as saying that Malaysia needs a larger low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) soon to accommodate the increasing passenger volume if it wants to become the regional hub for low-cost travel.

My comment: I think they should be allowed to operate then we can see a competition and people will not be 'slapped' with huge airport tax, tax that is more expensive then the ticket.

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Thursday/NewsBreak/20071122145617/Article/index_html

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