What's The Deal With KLIA2 And When Will It Be Ready?

The results of a site inspection at KLIA2 that was reported on 5 Feb 2014 saw that 65% of the main terminal building did not comply with fire and safety standards.

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Who Says AirAsia Is Refusing To Move To KLIA2?

AirAsia group CEO, Tony Fernandez

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"We will move. All we are asking for is a delay. So everything is checked and through. Up to this day the CCC is not out," Fernandes said, referring to the certificate of completion and compliance (CCC).

But the main point is we wanted a low cost terminal and safe and secure terminal. All we wanted was a terminal which would make it cheap for consumers and on time. MAB HAVE FAILED ON BOTH," he added. "It took us two months to do it before in LCCT. We need more time. I find it hard to believe that an airport that has delayed a terminal by three years and cost increase from (RM) 2 billion to 4 billion has so much credibility.

“AirAsia also believes that the operational readiness and airport transfer (ORAT) period for a transfer to support the size of AirAsia’s operations would be substantially more than the two months prescribed by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), which in our opinion is unrealistic and overly-optimistic,” AirAsia chief executive officer Aireen Omar added.

On the concerns raised by AirAsia over the security at KLIA2, MAHB senior general manager (operations services) Datuk Azmi Murad said the KLIA2 was more secured than the current LCCT as it would implement a commonly-used passenger processing system by SITA - the world's leading service-provider of integrated IT business solutions. He said it was AirAsia, which refused to use the SITA system, commonly used by airport operators and preferred by all airlines, as it was insisting on using the manual check-in system.

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak says AirAsia must move to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) as scheduled on May 9. "As a Government, we must look at why they are reluctant to move but what I want to stress is for them to have a dialogue with the government, namely MAHB, to find a solution in the interest of both parties. "If they've made a statement refusing to move, it seems like an arrogant statement but if they say they have a reason and they want to negotiate with the Government, I feel this is more suitable," he told Malaysian journalists.

"I have seen many funny stories, but this takes the cake. A museum and a spa. Aware of the museum. An idea to get kids interested in aviation. Spa not aware," Fernandes said in comments written in The Malaysian Insider today.

LCCT To Close By 9 May 2014

LCCT to close by 9 May 2014

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The Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) will be closed by May 9, 2014 to facilitate the opening of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2), said Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the KLIA2 will begin operation as scheduled on May 2, involving four airlines. He said the first flights to operate from the new airport will be Cebu Pacific, Malindo Air, Tiger Airways dan Tiger Air Mandala.

He said the public will also be given opportunity to visit the KLIA2 on its Open Day, the first day of its operation. “We hope AirAsia will also move to KLIA2 in that week as we will be closing the LCCT a week later,” he said after officiating Airport Cities World Conference and Exhibition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Tuesday. “We will also move all the other government agencies like Immigration and Customs Department to the KLIA2,” he added.

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5 Feb: Hishamuddin Says KLIA2 Must Be Opened As Promised, Or Else…

Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein assured today that the klia2 will open as scheduled on May 2, dismissing a newspaper report that there were serious doubts on the opening date of Asia's biggest low-cost air terminal.

On Jan 13, Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein said the low-cost terminla, klia2 was 98 per cent complete, and remained on track for the May 2 opening.

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"I am going to find out who is the main obstruction in this, and when I do, I will not hesitate to show them up and take action...I just want to ensure that this national project is not faced with any obstruction which can jeopardise it," he told reporters in Putrajaya today.

"I will hold those who had promised the government that they can complete klia2 by May 2 to their word, and the quality and safety of this project will also not be compromised," he said.

The Opening Of KLIA2 Was Recently Delayed Again After Two-Thirds of The Building Failed Fire And Safety Standards

According a statement from MAHB, Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd, the Sepang Municipal Council and the Fire and Rescue Department inspected the building in the last week of January and found that 65% of the main terminal did not comply with fire and safety standards.

There were cracks in a sewerage pipe outside the terminal, and parts of the road and drainage are not fit for use. The authorities' recommendation is essential for the issuance of the Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC).

KLIA2 in progress

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KLIA2 in progress

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KLIA2 in progress

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KLIA2 in progress

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On 13 Jan 2014, Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein Said The Airport Was 98% Complete

Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had said that the government is “cautiously confident” about meeting the May 2 operational deadline for the KLIA2, while reiterating that the total construction cost will not exceed the RM4 billion mark.

KLIA2 delays

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“The project is now 98% complete and all parties are working hard 24/7 to meet the deadline,” Hishammuddin said at a press conference at the site. He had said the project was expected to receive the CCC – given by the architects, engineers and building draughtsman registered with the Board of Architects Malaysia – by the end of the month.

The Main Contractor, UEMC-Bina Puri Joint Venture Had Earlier Assured That It Would Hand Over The Terminal Building Or The CCC To The Airport Operator By 13 Jan 2014

The Star reported that this potentially signals another delay in the opening of Asia’s biggest low-cost air terminal scheduled for May 2 after almost a year of delays.

KLIA2 proposed design

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“All efforts are being taken to support UEMC-Bina Puri JV towards the completion of the terminal building to enable the opening of klia2 on May 2, 2014.’’

In an exchange filing yesterday, 4 Feb 2014, MAHB announced that it has yet to receive the CCC for the KLIA2 terminal building from UEM Construction Sdn Bhd-Bina Puri Sdn Bhd joint venture (UEMC-Bina Puri JV), which was scheduled for Jan 31.

Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Said Hishamuddin Must Explain How He Concluded That KLIA2 Was 98% Complete When There Are Several Defects In The Main Terminal Building

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said today that she plans to table a “parliamentary reform” agenda, which would include a proposal to create a special panel on issues concerning fiscal policies, defence, domestic and international trade.

A parliamentary select committee (PSC) should be formed to investigate various issues surrounding the delay, costs and safety standards of KLIA2, PKR has said.

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Nurul said the further delay of KLIA2’s opening as well as its failure to comply with fire and safety standards had put Hishammuddin Hussein in the spotlight, “The minister must explain to the public why he made the statement, which contradicts the findings of government agencies which examined the building,” Izzah said in a statement today.

She added that in July 2013, the people were shocked by an announcement by the Deputy Transport Minister that construction costs had ballooned from RM2 billion to RM4 billion.

KLIA2 At Sepang Is Malaysia's New Budget Terminal That Was Previously Scheduled To Be Ready 28 June 2013

Costing around 4 billion Malaysia Ringgit, the KLIA2 was scheduled to be opened in 28 June,2013. But due to construction delay, the new KLIA2 terminal is now being scheduled to be opened on 2 May 2014.

Proposed design for KLIA2

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The KLIA2 is built to be Malaysia's Next Generation Hub - International Airport Hub - that allows seamless connectivity for both local and international low-cost plus full-service carriers.

It Is Meant To Cater To The Explosive Growth In Low Cost Travel And Designed To Cater 45 Million Passengers A Year

The new KLIA2 terminal is measured to be at least 257,000 sqm, with 60 gates, 8 remote stands, 80 aerobridges, plus a retail space of 32,000 sqm to accommodate 225 retail outlets.

Yes, It Will Replace The Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) Once Opened

Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s newest terminal is the world’s largest purpose-built terminal for low-cost carriers. Once opened, it will replace the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) currently in operation.


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KLIA2 Has Got Its Own Facebook Page

KLIA2 Facebook Page

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And Kind Of Looks Like A Gigantic Airplane If You Were A Bird Looking Down

Model of KLIA2

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But Looks A Leeeetle Like Coruscant In "Star Wars" From The Side

KLIA2 model

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More Of KLIA2's Design And Proposal In PHOTOS:

Internal layout for KLIA2 design and proposal

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KLIA2 design and proposal

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KLIA2 design and proposal

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KLIA2 design and proposal

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KLIA2 design and proposal

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KLIA2 Was One Of The Reasons Why Malaysia Was Named Top 10 Travel Destinations For 2014 By Lonely Planet

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