KOTA KINABALU â€“ Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) chief operating officer Datuk Abd Hamid Mohd Ali expressed satisfaction with the smooth running of AirAsia’s first day of operations at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) Terminal 1 today.
He said based on observation of AirAsia flights departing the airport this morning, no problems or untoward incidents were experienced at the security check, check-in counters, departure gates or arrival halls.
“Passengers from Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur leaving Kota Kinabalu were happy with the way things went this morning. We are very pleased with the operations at the terminal so far,” he told reporters at his office.
He said passengers basically had no problem with the airport layout.
AirAsia began operations at Terminal 1 of the KKIA effective today after relocating from Terminal 2.
Abu Hamid said the KKIA is designed for nine million passengers and can be expanded to accommodate 12 million.
“Around 34 incoming and another 34 outgoing flights by AirAsia with around 10,000 passenger movements are expected at the airport today,” he added.
Abd Hamid said the airport is providing a free shuttle service from Terminal 2 for passengers who had not received earlier information about the relocation to the international airport.
Abd Hamid said a post-mortem would be held later in the day to study results of the operations or any glitches in terms of security and passenger comfort.
“With this the airport hopes to provide a smoother operation and boost AirAsia services in future for the benefit of all passengers,” he added.
Abd Hamid said the Terminal 1 will be used for cargo and general aviation purposes and as a helicopter base. – BERNAMA