MAHB Meets With Airlines, IATA To Position KLIA As Preferred ASEAN Hub
February 16, 2017 17:34 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16 (Bernama) - Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), in an effort to strengthen and position the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) as the preferred ASEAN hub, has been meeting with various airline partners as well as the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
As outlined in its five-year business plan, Runway to Success 2020, MAHB said the engagement with stakeholders is aimed at capturing key markets and improving short to medium haul connectivity in high growth sectors for the mutual benefit of all parties.
The latest meeting with All Nippon Airways (ANA), Garuda Indonesia (Garuda) and IATA took place in Singapore last week, MAHB said in a statement here today.
ANA is one of MAHB's main far-eastern carrier that commenced daily operations into Kuala Lumpur from Narita in September 2015.
Last October, the airline added daily services from Haneda to Kuala Lumpur and has since experienced encouraging traffic growth for both routes.
The airline's rapid progress at KLIA underlines how important the Malaysian market is for ANA's network, said MAHB.
During a meeting with Garuda, Uun Setiawan, its Vice President of Asia Region, applauded MAHB's efforts and initiatives to strengthen relationships with long-term airline partners.
Garuda offers high frequency flights between Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta with three daily flights utilising Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
MAHB said it is confident that the airline would be able to further tap the growing market and increase the number of passengers to Malaysia in view of Indonesia's large population.
At the meeting with IATA, Managing Director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali took the opportunity to share updates with IATA's Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific, Conrad Clifford on the business plan, airport performance, capacity development and several other key initiatives.
"The meeting also served as a platform for both parties to exchange ideas for business efficiencies that would benefit both airlines and passengers.
IATA's Asia Pacific regional office is based in Singapore and serves as the central point of contact for IATA's member airlines in the region.
Its main role is to maintain close ties with governments, airports, air navigation service providers and regional industry organisations.
MAHB manages and operates 39 airports in Malaysia and one international airport in Istanbul, Turkey. The 39 airports in Malaysia comprise five international, 16 domestic and 18 Short Take-Off and Landing Ports (STOLports).
IATA represents some 265 airlines comprising 83 per cent of global air traffic.