13 May, 2008
THERE is a long-term plan to construct a new Low-Cost Carrier Terminal complex at a different site at the KL International Airport.
Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat said this was because the present site of the existing LCCT could not be expanded to accommodate more than 15 million passengers a year.
For the time being, however, the Government had decided to merely upgrade the facilities in the LCCT to accommodate between 10 million and 15 million passengers yearly stretching until the year 2012 or 2015, he added.
"Once the new LCCT is completed, the existing one will be converted into a cargo complex.
"That is why if you look closely, the design of the LCCT now is more akin to that of a cargo warehouse. It was supposed to be one and the construction company Fajarbaru Builder Group Bhd has ample experience in constructing cargo warehouses," he told Wee Choo Keong (PKR-Wangsa Maju).
Wee had asked why Fajarbaru had been awarded the project when it was merely an investment-holding firm providing management services and there were other companies more experienced in building terminals.
Ong said the first phase of the LCCT, which had cost around RM108mil, was then constructed through direct negotiations with FajarBaru because it was a fast-track project.
"The project had to be completed and handed over within nine months. The construction of the second phase of the LCCT costing some RM123mil will be awarded through open tender.
"It is not the practice of the Government to award big projects through direct negotiations," he told Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Bagan).
Later, Ong said the capacity of KLIA was 25 million passengers yearly and that currently, the airport already handled 19 million passengers and the figure was growing by 5% to 6% annually.
"This is why we cannot have the LCCT with the main terminal," he said.
This article is a verbatim copy of the original article from The Star.