Should AirAsia begin operating out of KLIA instead of klia2 as planned, several other airlines based in KLIA would have to move to klia2 instead.
KLIA is soon reaching its capacity of handling up to 25 million passengers a year and AirAsia’s move to the main terminal would further increase congestion.
In June this year, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) clarified that klia2 can cater to all types of carriers, including full service airlines, although the terminal is mainly utilised by low-cost carriers.
AirAsia Group’s affiliates – AirAsia Bhd (AirAsia), Thai AirAsia, Philippines AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia as well as AirAsia X Bhd and Indonesia AirAsia X have all agreed to the relocation to KLIA.
The planned move follows after the lower passenger service charge (PSC) at KLIA after the rates were revised by the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Macvom).
The revised PSC was set at RM11 for domestic flights at KLIA and klia2 as well as RM35 for Asean destinations. On the other hand, international destinations will be charged RM73 for KLIA and RM50 for klia2. The new rates will take effect from January 1, 2017.