Tuesday January 18, 2011
MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) should consider aerobridges at the new low- cost carrier terminal currently under construction at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
The system at the current LCCT for departing and arriving passengers is rather inconvenient for the elderly and mothers with young children, especially when it rains.
Depending on where the aircraft is parked, it could be a long walk. In a thunderstorm walking in the open on the tarmac or even along the walkway can pose a threat to one? safety in the event of lightning.
Then there are the many moving service vehicles.
The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark in the Philippines, the first low-cost facility in the region to have aerobridges, had considered the above factors when expanding its passenger terminal.
With a planned passenger capacity of 30 million at the new LCCT, it would be ideal if there were aerobridges for jet aircraft to park.
Installing just a few aerobridges for use only in bad weather will result in under utilisation of the equipment and be a sheer waste of funds.
Should aerobridges be installed I am sure passengers would not mind paying a few ringgit extra to help MAHB recoup its investment and to meet operating costs.
Subang Jaya, Selangor.