Friday, December 01, 2006

First non-AirAsia airline Lands at Low Cost Terminal

SEPANG: History was made in the wee hours of Friday’s morning when the first non-AirAsia airline touched down on the tarmac at the low-cost carrier terminal.

For the first time since the terminal opened in March, the yellow and green tail of one aircraft stood out among the other red ones belonging to AirAsia.

On hand to welcome the first batch of 150 passengers on Cebu Pacific’s maiden flight into the terminal at 1am were Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy and Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

At present, the terminal is a hub for AirAsia’s domestic flights as well as a centre of operations for Thai AirAsia and its Indonesian low-cost carrier PT Awair.

Chan said Cebu Pacific’s flight into LCCT was a “historic moment” for a terminal, which had yet to reach its first year of operations.

“In less than a year, the first non-AirAsia airline has flown into LCCT. This shows that we are indeed receiving strong support from budget carriers.

“A few more non-AirAsia low-cost carriers have also indicated interest in making our LCCT their hub. We are still talking to them,” he said, adding that these airlines were operating within the Asian region.

For a start, Cebu Pacific, which is fully foreign-owned, will fly four times weekly on a Kuala Lumpur-Manila route on their A319 aircraft.

However, Chan expressed his optimism that there would come a time when Cebu Pacific would operate daily flights out of LCCT as demand for the KL-Manila route was very high.

Source : STAR
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