Saturday November 19, 2011
Now everyone can shop in more stores at the new low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT).
KLIA2, slated for opening by the end of next year, will have even more retail space than its main terminal, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
KLIA now has only 173 tenants of retailers and food and beverage operators while the new KLIA2 has space for 225 outlets with a total space of 35,200 sq metres.
“Retailers interested to be part of the new KLIA2 can bid for space through two open tenders next month and February next year.
“The tenders will be placed on MAHB website and major newspapers in early December and another one on February 14,” said Faizah Khairuddin, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) senior general manager for commercial services at a press conference here yesterday.
KLIA2 is bound to get a huge number of passengers, creating a thriving shopping scene that will see more than RM1.2 billion in sales in the first year alone.
MAHB found in a survey that some two thirds of low-cost travellers are between 22 and 44 years old, travelling an average of once every two months.
“Almost 43 per cent of the travellers are white collar with high disposable income and the average amount of time they spend at the airport is two hours,” she said.
Faizah said KLIA2 will not automatically take in retailers from the present LCCT.
“These retailers will also have to go through the open tender process like the rest,” she said.
According to her, the process will be done in two batches because of the holidays in between, including New Year and Chinese Lunar New Year.
The bidding process will take between four and six weeks.
The tender will be completed next July, just in time for the airport’s opening scheduled by the end of next year.
One operator is allowed not more than five outlets.
“Out of this space, 95 per cent will be for commercial purposes while the rest for upcoming small and medium enterprises,” she said.
Interested retailers can go to www.malaysiaairports.com.my.