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Ground Breaking Of New Terminal At INIA: A New Milestone For Malaysia Airports

20 December 2011

Maldives, 20 December 2011 - A new milestone was reached for Malaysia Airports, with the ground breaking for the new terminal at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport of the Republic of Maldives (INIA) on 19th December 2011, which is located at the eastern side of the Hulhule' Island. The resort terminal is scheduled to open in 2014.

This ground breaking ceremony is a further reflection of Malaysia Airports' involvement in the management and development of airports not only in Malaysia but also overseas. Together with its partner, GMR, Malaysia Airports are involved in managing and developing three other airports internationally.

Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Managing Director Malaysia Airports stated "This new facility embodies our hopes and indeed our dreams for future generations of the Maldives," he said. "Through our strategic partnership with GMR Group, we aim to develop Ibrahim Nasir International Airport into a global standard airport by the year 2014. The airport is well connected with major airports around the world, serving as the main gateway into the Maldives."

"It is our aspiration that this partnership will be the bedrock of a longer and endearing collaboration between all parties involved, especially between the Government of Malaysia with the Government of the Republic of the Maldives. Today's event is an auspicious milestone of the exciting journey that we will take together towards a mutually successful future" he added.

More than 400 guests, including His Excellency the President of the Republic of Maldives, Mr Mohamed Nasheed, Ministers of State of the Maldives; Chairman of the GMR Group Mr G M Rao and other distinguished guests.
"Today we are making history," said Chairman of the GMR Group Mr G M Rao "We are building a great infrastructure that will benefit the Maldives people for generations to come."

He further continued, "Since the time we came here, the love and affection of the wonderful people of Maldives, has been a cause of great comfort for all of us, and we are grateful to this nation, for making us feel welcome, and be 'one' with you."

One of the highlights of the program was the fly past of four Maldivian registered aircrafts with two of them dropping flowers from the sea planes that added to the festive atmosphere which made the crowd cheer as the dignitaries dug their shovels into the earth of the recently reclaimed land, to symbolically break ground.

Basing on its experience in managing and operating 39 airports in Malaysia as well as airports overseas, Malaysia Airports will work together with its partner, GMR Group, to achieve a mutual goal to turn Ibrahim Nasir International Airport into a global standard airport by the year 2014.

Malaysia Airports' objectives are to provide not only excellent service levels but also a world class infrastructure that would cater to the needs of the multitude of passengers coming in from around the world through Ibrahim Nasir International Airport.

The great responsibility that Malaysia Airports has undertaken through this joint venture not only focuses on airport operation and management, but also in providing human capital services. "We are transferring and sharing our knowledge in terminal operation, airside operation, ground handling, Airport Fire and Rescue Services, Human Resource and Engineering. I am pleased to inform you that from the 16th December 2010 until 11th March 2011, a total of 20 personnel had completed a three and a half months training course in Basic Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) conducted by Malaysia Airports. The trainees then continued with fire rescue and fire fighting training for aircraft emergencies and building fires, and On-the-Job training at KLIA" said Tan Sri Bashir.

The training program, which is in accordance with the ICAO standards and guidelines had been specifically developed to provide strong fundamentals in aircraft rescue and fire fighting for both aircraft emergencies and building fires at the airport. This training will assist the ARFF personnel of Ibrahim Nasir International Airport to address any emergency situation at the airport.

Further to that, in September 2011, Malaysia Airports had introduced a customer satisfaction survey programme and paved the way to the registration with the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) programme. This programme mainly focuses on improving the quality of service experienced by passengers or airport users.

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