August 9, 2007
A new and bigger Low-Cost Carrier Terminal for the KL International Airport will be built in three to four years’ time as the current LCCT is nearing its full capacity of 10 million passengers a year.
The new terminal with the capacity to accommodate 30 million passengers a year will be located closer to the main terminal.
The Express Rail Link services, which were initially planned for the current LCCT would not proceed, as it would be connected with the new LCCT later.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced this after chairing the Cabinet Committee Meeting on Public Transportation here today. He said the current LCCT would undergo further expansion to increase its capacity to accommodate 15 million passengers annually.
"The Cabinet committee had agreed to the construction of the new LCCT and for immediate allocation for the expansion of the current LCCT which will soon reach its maximum capacity.
"The new LCCT will take three to four years to complete while the current one would be converted for some other use," he said, adding that low-cost carrier AirAsia would be operating the new LCCT.
The current LCCT, built at a cost of RM108mil started operations in March last year. Among the expansion plans for it are work on the arrival and departure lounges, and the carpark.
He said the plan for the new LCCT would be finalised in a month.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy, who was present at the meeting, said the current LCCT, which was designed as a warehouse, would be converted into a cargo terminal when the new LCCT starts operating.
He said although the Government anticipated the current LCCT would reach maximum capacity soon, they had to build it first before they could plan the bigger LCCT.
Najib also said that the Transport Ministry was taking steps to address complaints by the disabled community that RapidKL and Rapid Penang buses were not disabled-friendly despite their earlier appeals.
This article is a verbatim copy of the original article from The Star.