Malaysia has officially opened world’s largest airport built specifically for the fast-growing low cost carrier market.
AirAsia and AirAsia X flights will be fully operating from the klia2 starting today onwards. In a statement, AirAsia advised all guests with flights departing from the new airport to arrive three hours prior to departure of their flights and clear all travel formalities as early as possible.
The new airport to be known as the KLIA2 is built to cater for the explosive growth in low cost travel. It is designed to cater 45 million passengers a year, replacing the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT). The new KLIA2 terminal is measured to be at least 257,000 sqm, with 60 gates, 8 remote stands, 80 aerobridges, plus a retail space of 32,000 sqm to accommodate 225 retail outlets.
Airport officials said the terminal would handle 54 flights today, involving about 700 passengers. Flights will rise to 450 per day involving about 70,000 passengers. Twenty-four million passengers is expected in first year.
Low cost carriers using KLIA2 from today include Malindo Air, the Philippines' Cebu Pacific Air, Singapore's Tiger Airways, and Indonesia's Lion Air.