Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said there will be no aerobridges at the second Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA2) terminal as per low-cost carrier AirAsia’s requirements. KLIA2, which is under construction, will be able to cater up to 30 million passengers a year.
According to MAHB, each airline and LCC has different business models and requirements. And for AirAsia they have decided not to use aerobridges at KLIA2, even during inclement or bad weather conditions. AirAsia has explained that its business model requires a quick turnaround time in order to increase aircraft utilisation, which is why, it does not want to use aerobridges. It also allows the airline to operate additional sectors in a day and enable cost reduction and therefore offer lower fares.This works especially well for short and medium haul sectors, such as those operated by AirAsiaX. However in practice, AirAsia uses the aerobridges during inclement weather at airports in Malaysia where aerobridges are provided.
However as the operator of KLIA2 airport, the terminal is being constructed without the installation of aerobridges and instead, ramps will be provided. Provisions have been made in the design of the terminals at the new low cost carrier terminal, the KLIA2, to accommodate the installation of aerobridges, if required at any time by AirAsia group or other low cost carriers (LCCs).
He said in a statement that since AirAsia and AirAsiaX would be the major airlines at KLIA2, it might not be worthwhile to incur the cost if the aerobridges were not going to be used. “As an airport operator, it is important that we support the business models of both the full service airlines as well as the LCCs,” he said.