Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tourist arrivals unaffected in Malaysia

The global economic crisis has not affected the number of arrivals at either the KL International Airport (KLIA) or the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

Malaysia Airports Bhd senior general manager (operations) Datuk Azmi Murad said there was only a 0.6% drop in the number of arrivals at both KLIA and LCCT between January and April.

Azmi said 8.7 million arrivals were recorded at the KLIA and LCCT in the first four months of this year.

“Of those, 3.8 million were for the LCCT. This is a growth of 31% while the main terminal (KLIA) had 4.9 million passengers,” Azmi told a press conference at the KLIA here yesterday.

He said there has not been any cancellation of flights despite the A (H1N1) flu scare.

Besides that, Azmi said discussions for a permanent LCCT was in progress and work was expected to begin this year.

Earlier, Azmi launched the “KLIA 1 Touch”, a flight information speech system with a self-service interactive voice response dedicated to providing callers with flight information.

The service is available 24 hours a day with the system being able to handle 30 concurrent calls at any time. Users can obtain flight information directly by calling 03-8776 0888.

Source : Star
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