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The Justification

a) Passenger Capacity

The current capacity of KLIA LCCT is insufficient to match AirAsia's exponential growth. The figures below show that there will be an estimated shortfall of 11, 983,000 by 2014.

Passengers

CY2009

CY2010

CY 2011

CY2012

CY2013

CY2014

AirAsia

10,170,100

11,432,000

12,516,000

13,816,000

15,177,000

16,083,000

AirAsia X

2,200,000

4,300,000

6,900,000

9,100,000

10,000,000

10,900,000

Total

12,370,000

15,732,000

19,416,000

22,961,000

25,177,000

26,983,000

LCCT Capacity

15,000,000

15,000,000

15,000,000

15,000,000

15,000,000

15,000,000

Shortfall

2,630,000

-732,000

-4,416,000

-7,961,000

-10,177,000

-11,983,000


The latest expansion in KLIA LCCT will increase the capacity of the airport by 15 million but based on our projections, however, the airport will be overflowing again within the time span of one (1) year.

This is due to the fact that AirAsia has a Compounded Annual Growth Rate of 57% and was ranked amongst Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Cathay Pacific and The Emirates as in 2008 with passenger numbers which exceed 15 million per annum. The high growth rates for AirAsia and AirAsia X is expected to continue well into the next decade.



In comparison to major Asian airlines, AirAsia is expected to have 50 million passengers per annum while for AirAsia X, a total of 10 million passengers; making the combined traffic flow, 60 million - more than the total of Singapore Airline and Thai Airways, combined.



 

b) Runway Capacity

By 2013, AirAsia is expected to have 159 narrowbody aircraft while AirAsia X will have 25 Airbus 330 widebodies. As is, there is already insufficient runway capacity in KLIA LCCT to cope with peak hour aircraft movements.

Aircraft

CY2007

CY2008

CY2009

CY2010

CY2011

CY2012

CY2013

CY2014

A320

26

33

35

38

42

45

49

50

A330/A340

1

4

9

14

20

25

25

27

Total

27

37

44

52

62

70

74

77

LCCT (Parking Bays)            

A320

30

30

33

33

33

33

33

33

A330/A340

2

2

3

3

3

3

3

3

LCCT Capacity Shortfall            

A320

4

-3

-2

-5

-9

-12

-16

-17

A330/A340

1

-2

-6

-11

-17

-22

-22

-24

 

c) Connectivity

The KLIA LCCT airport, despite being an important entry and exit point, is not connected by rail service and has poor bus service with an irregular schedule.

 

d) Taxiways

The waiting time for taxis in KLIA LCCT has also increased due to the huge airport layout.

 

e) Number of Gates

In light of the passenger and aircraft growth, AirAsia and AirAsia X will soon need 60 gates while the KLIA Main Terminal only has 55 gates. This also shows why the KLIA Main Terminal is also unsuitable for use.

 

f) Design & Facilities

The KLIA Main Terminal is also designed and fitted with infrastructure which is designed for full service carriers and not for low cost carriers. Extravagant facilities like the aerobridge, business lounge, baggage conveyor system and a luxurious layout contributes to higher chargers for airport usage, thus contributing to higher fares for passengers.

 
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