PUTRAJAYA: The KLIA2 name is set and should not be an issue, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
“It is a non-issue. I hope AirAsia can accept the government’s decision,” Liow said when asked to respond on the airline’s request for the airport to be renamed LCCT2.
The AirAsia Group have been arguing that the airport should be renamed to reflect its low cost carrier status, which they claimed MAHB refused to admit.
On Thursday, it was reported that the airline had written to Liow and his ministry to seek consideration for its request for the name change.
Liow said though KLIA2 “low-cost” in name, its intended use was as a “low-cost carrier terminal”.
“KLIA2 provides incentives to AirAsia, to help them to promote their flight routes, their business, and their results.
“I hope AirAsia will not muddle both issues of the airport’s name, and their branding as a low-cost carrier. They are different matters,” he said.
He added that he will not have a discussion with AirAsia on its request for KLIA2’s name change.
“But if they want to discuss on how to continue promoting their low-cost carrier brand, the Government is willing to help,” he said.
Last week, MAHB had shot down AirAsia’s campaign plan to rebrand KLIA2 as LCCT2, saying that it was not an independent airport or a low cost hub but KL International Airportâ€™s (KLIA) second terminal.
However, the airline went ahead and started to list its main hub at KLIA2 as LCCT2 on websites, tickets and promotional materials.