Thursday, February 15, 2007

KKIA to become key air hub

KOTA KINABALU: Having established itself as the nation’s second busiest airport, the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) is set become a key regional low-cost carrier hub, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said.

He said the RM60mil low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) opened by the Prime Minister yesterday would propel the KKIA as an important air transport hub.

Chan said last year alone, more than 3.9 million passengers passed through the two terminals at the KKIA, making it the second busiest after the KL International Airport.

He said the construction of the LCCT was part of a massive upgrading of the KKIA over three packages that included the upgrading of the main terminal, runway extension and the construction of a new air traffic control tower.

Chan said he was heartened that the company entrusted to build the LCCT, Global Upline Sdn Bhd, had managed to complete the work in a record eight months.

Source : STAR
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