TheStar : Thursday October 17
SEPANG: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) maintains that KL International Airport 2 or KLIA2 is 94% completed and is scheduled to open by the May 2, 2014 deadline.
Chief operating officer Datuk Abd Hamid Mohd Ali said the terminal building was 99% completed and overall completion was 94%.
“We’re at the finishing work stage. The taxiway is on the final layer (of works),” he said after the certificate presentation on recognition of outstanding brand concepts at KLIA2 to commercial business partners by Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi yesterday.
Aziz said “construction of the KLIA2 was progressing as scheduled” and expected it to be operational by May 2 next year.
In addition, he said trial landing on the third runway at KLIA2 had been conducted successfully last week.
“KLIA2 is poised to be another landmark in Malaysia. The airport retail experience would add significant value and flavour to making Malaysia a preferred transit point and tourist destination,” Aziz said.
MAHB senior general manager commercial services Faizah Khairuddin expected 80% occupancy rate on the first day of operations at the KLIA2.
“KLIA2 is constructed with one of the highest percentage of retail space offered by any commercial airports. Some 12% of gross floor area is dedicated to customer fronting commercial offerings whereby about 60% of the total commercial offerings are for retail and another 40% for food and beverages,” she said, adding that 7,000 jobs opportunities would be created.
About 33% of successful tenderers for retail lots were completely new to airport commercial environment, Faizah said.
She added that MAHB recorded 40% of successful bumiputra tenderers, the highest composition in the current retail complexes.
The business partners at KLIA2 will be given two to three months to complete their renovations by March 15, 2014 for final inspection.
Aziz said KLIA2 would encourage economic growth as well as strengthening the development of tourism and aviation industry.
“The Government aims to increase the arrival of medium-haul tourists including from Australia, China, India, South Korea and Taiwan to 25% in 2020 from 15% in 2010,” he said.