July 21 2014  |  Airlines & Airports

Positive klia2 performance boosts MAHB figures

By Claire Malcolm

The new klia2 terminal

Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) has reported positive first half performance for 2014 of 41.3 million passengers across its network, representing an 11.8% growth over the same period in 2013.

The company continued its year-on-year growth spurt, registering a 3.8% rise in passenger traffic in June 2014 to reach a year-to-date record high of 7.2 million passenger movements.

In 2013 the company saw a growth spike of 21.5% across its 39-strong airport network, which includes the flagship Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Langkawi International Airport and Penang International Airport.

Passenger demographics across MAHB’s airports showed 2% growth in international traffic against a more robust domestic growth figure of 5.4% compared to 2013.

The latest figures show 24.4 million passengers through KLIA in H1 2014, or 9.7% growth against 2013.

The political situation in Thailand, continued lower visitor numbers from China, rising tension in the Middle East and capacity cuts by Singapore-based carriers affected passenger growth trends, which had a domino effect on feeder traffic from KLIA to other MAHB locations with a drop in passenger traffic.

At KLIA, passenger movements grew by 1.3% in June 2014 over June 2013 with international passenger traffic increasing by 2.7% but registering a decline in domestic traffic of 1.9%.

The May 2014 opening of klia2 also impacted numbers at KLIA-Main where overall traffic dropped by 8.3% while the new terminal grew by 12.8%. This is partly attributable to the relocation of Lion Air and Malindo Airways from KLIA-Main to klia2. Assuming a same operational airline scenario, this showed a KLIA-Main traffic decline of 4.5% versus 7.6% growth for klia2 in June 2014.

Looking at the capacity of the old KLIA-LCCT, the new klia2 handled more passengers than the earlier KLIA-Main terminal, buoyed by the fact that the new terminal is designed to accommodate a larger number of airlines than its temporary predecessor. However, MAHB noted that there were still more international passengers at KLIA-Main compared to klia2 during June.

Conversely, KLIA’s ‘mixed’ performance was offset by an increase in direct domestic flights from other MAHB airports, showing total passenger growth of 9.4% over the same period last year.



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