PENAMPANG: AirAsia’s final decision on whether to relocate operations to the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) Terminal One will depend on several issues that need to be ironed out first.
According to AirAsia Berhad CEO Aireen Omar, there are a few issues that the airline needs to settle among all quarters involved.
“I think when the issues are all ironed out (and) I believe they can be ironed out, we will be more than happy to facilitate,” she said when met at the AirAsia-QPR Coaching Clinic Tour 2014 at SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin here yesterday.
Aireen added: “We will look into what’s best for the whole operation of AirAsia and will it make sense for the whole of the state of Sabah and for our traffic volume. We want to be able to get that right traffic volume in and this is something that we need to look into and we need to see what is best to facilitate that (what is) the best possible way for Sabah and its tourism industry,” she said.
She said this when asked if AirAsia would be relocating its operations to KKIA Terminal One come January 1 next year.
The Federal Government has proposed for AirAsia to operate from Terminal One as it was part of its plan to convert Terminal Two into a cargo terminal.
It has argued that having all the carriers at Terminal One would streamline operations that would benefit air travellers especially those who need to switch flights.
However, critics favour budget carrier flights to stay put at Terminal Two because it would cause congestion if everything is concentrated at Terminal One. Besides, they said it did not make sense for Terminal Two – the main air entry into Sabah until 1985 – to be a cargo terminal after spending over RM1 billion of taxpayer’s money to upgrade and expand it.