Thursday March 19, 2009
The Express Rail Link (ERL) train services are likely to be extended to the new low-cost carrier terminal that will be built by 2011.
Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Dr Aminuddin Adnan said they had been asked to consider extending the current ERL line to the new LCCT to cater for an increase in passenger load.
"If all goes well, we are planning to extend the KLIA Express and KLIA Transit lines right up to the new LCCT.
"We are also thinking of having a shuttle service between LCCT and KLIA that will likely run for 24 hours," he told The Star.
Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced recently that Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) would build and operate the new RM2bil LCCT near the KL International Airport.
On Wednesday, MAHB managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said the new LCCT should be able to handle 30 million passengers annually, compared with the present 15 million.
He said the new LCCT, which was expected to be completed in the second half of 2011, would be near the main terminal and was at a "very good location."
It is learnt that the new LCCT would be about 2km from KLIA.
The KLIA Express is a 28-minute direct train ride from KL Sentral to KLIA.
KLIA Transit currently leaves from KL Sentral but makes several stops along the way, including at Bandar Tasek Selatan, Putrajaya and Salak Tinggi before reaching KLIA. Both services end at 1am.
On ERL's proposed bus shuttle service from Salak Tinggi to the current LCCT, Dr Aminuddin said they had completed their trial run and were now gathering data to determine the demand and feasibility of the service.
The bus shuttle service, he said, would enhance the transport service to LCCT and would cater more to passengers wanting an easy, convenient connection to LCCT via KLIA Transit.
This article is a verbatim copy of the original article from The Star.