Friday, July 23, 2010

MAHB sees 12% growth in passenger volume this year

SEPANG: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) expects an average growth of 12% in passenger traffic volume this year in line with the global economic recovery.

The projection was based on positive numbers in the first half which included a 17% growth in passenger volume, managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad said on Friday, July 23.

"At the moment, it is a good time for the industry. The market and the economy in the whole region are recovering," he told reporters at the launch of Indulge Till You Fly campaign by MAHB chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman here.

Last year, MAHB recorded an average passenger volume growth of 8% with the international sector growing 9% while domestic sector 7%.

Bashir said MAHB handled 51 million passengers last year with KL International Airport (KLIA) and the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) alone carrying about 30 million passengers.

Meanwhile, MAHB senior general manager for commercial services Faizah Khairuddin said the company also expected a 20 to 30% growth in retail sales this year from RM1 billion in 2009.

"This is a double bonus for MAHB because of passenger growth and better spending especially in LCCT," she said.

The Indulge Till You Fly campaign is one of MAHB's growth strategies for its commercial development, serving and underscoring the two-pronged aim of revolutionising the retail experience and driving new income streams.

The six-month campaign from July 24, 2010 to Jan 6, 2011 involves five international airports under MAHB, namely KLIA and LCCT in Sepang, Penang International Airport, Langkawi International Airport, Kuching International Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Prizes worth RM2 million are up for grabs during the campaign. They include first-class air tickets and holiday packages worth more than RM80,000 to London, Sydney and Cape Town. ' Bernama

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