Increased size cost delay for KLIA II

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C KLIA II will be the low-cost complementto Kuala Lumpur International Airport (control tower pictured) Malaysia’s airport operator has announced that its new low-cost terminal will be delayed until mid-2012 and cost at least US$150 million more than originally planned.Malaysia Airport Holdings announced that completion of the airport, initially due in late 2011, has been delayed by slow progress with building the runway and design changes that include increased size and security for the terminal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported.The cost of the new terminal has therefore risen, now expected to exceed its billion ringgit (US$635 million) budget, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports, Bashir Ahmad said.Mr Ahmad said that the final cost could now be more than 2.5 billion ringgit (US$794 million), with the terminal building targeted for completion by April 2012 but the runway not ready for two to three months after that due to a delay in earthworks.The new budget terminal has been dubbed ‘KLIA II’, after Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and will have an initial capacity to handle 30 million passengers a year, which can be expanded to 45 million people, as well as 70 aircraft parking bays and 6,000 car parks. It will connect with existing airport infrastructure and the main terminal building at KLIA.The terminal would help Malaysia achieve its goal of boosting tourism revenue by more than threefold to 168 billion ringgit by 2020, from 53 billion ringgit last year, Prime Minister Najib Razak said.last_img