Thursday, January 8, 2009

...howwwzattt... do we need this?

Labu LCCT Terminal To Accomodate AirAsia's Rising Capacity

SEPANG, Jan 8 (Bernama) -- KLIA East, the proposed new low cost carrier terminal at Labu in Negeri Sembilan, will sustain AirAsia's exponential growth as opposed to the LCCT at KLIA from where it is operating now.

Otherwise, if it sticks to the LCCT at Sepang, AirAsia claims it would go bust, its chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes, said today.

This is because the new airport, to be ready by March 2011, would be able to increase passenger capacity by up to 50 million passengers per annum, especially with its planned seamless connectivity, he said.

In contrast, he explained that although the current expansion plans for the existing LCCT at Sepang would increase capacity to 15 million passengers this year, no further expansion was possible due to its size constraints.

"In two years' time, this airline will go bust if we do not have the facility. If we don't move by 2010, we will lose almost a million passengers and about four million passengers by 2011," he told a press conference here. (read more here)

I don't want to talk about numbers, statistics or whatever. I just want to put a simple argument, simple argument just like what is in the mind of any ordinary folks.

What is the rational of having another airport within the radius of 50km? Whereby in the same vicinity, we already have KLIA, LCCT and Subang.

Instead of spending billions of our money building new airport, the government should develop the one that we already have. Furthermore, they should materialize the accessibility to those places by provide better public transportation services from surrounding areas.

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