KUALA LUMPUR — June 28, 2016: AirAsia Group boss Tan Sri Tony Fernandes will be meet Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai tomorrow to discuss the klia2 branding issue.
In recent days there have been arguments between Malaysia Airports Holdings and AirAsia over the airline’s plan to rebrand klia2 as LCCT2.
“We understand that we do not have the right to rename the terminal but we still want to push this as a marketing strategy to tell the world that the terminal is low-cost,” Fernandes told reporters after the Malaysia Pitch@Palace
Fernandes hopes to have Malaysia Airports working together with AirAsia to attract more travellers to use klia2 as a connecting terminal, saying this would translate into more jobs and tourism receipts.
Furthermore, he argues that klia2 lacks integration with the main terminal of the KL International Airport, given the absence of airside transportation, with its only form of connectivity being the ERL service which charges RM2.
“It is the only airport in the world that charges you to move from terminals. That does not help with integration.
“We brought up this issue after two years (of klia2 starting operations) because before this we never had any connecting product and this segment is now growing rapidly.”
Citing an example, Fernandes said an increasing number of travellers flying with AirAsia use klia2 as a connecting terminal to the rest of Southeast Asia.
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