Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Malaysia Airport expects 3%-4% growth in passenger volume

Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd (MAHB) expects passenger volume to grow by between three and four per cent by year-end.

Its managing director, Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid, said although it expected either a five per cent drop in passenger volume or a stagnant growth, it was fortunate that there was an increase in tourism volume.

"Tourism here is doing well even during the downturn.

"Last year, we experienced a growth of about five per cent, or around 45 million (passengers) in all our airports. This year we expect to have around 47 million," he told a press conference here on Tuesday.

Bashir said MAHB was expected to attract two more airlines by year-end.

He, however, declined the name the airlines.

Earlier, MAHB's five international airports became the first in Asia to receive the Safety Management System (SMS) certification in compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation's (ICAO) recommendation and the Department of Civil Aviation's advice.

Bashir said MAHB would implement the system at all its domestic airports even though it was not required by ICAO.

The SMS certification indicates conformance with safety requirements and continuous improvement in safety performance including essential features such as policy, strategy and planning, implementation, promotion, documentation, staff training and competency.

Bashir said he was "very proud" because MAHB's success was achieved using local know-how.

The five certified airports are Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Penang International Airport, Langkawi International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport and Kuching International Airport.

Source : STAR
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