MALAYSIA AIRPORTS MEETS WITH AIRLINES & IATA IN EFFORTS TO POSITION KLIA AS THE PREFERRED ASEAN HUB
16 February 2017
SEPANG – Malaysia Airports met All Nippon Airways (ANA), Garuda Indonesia (Garuda) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Singapore last week as part of efforts to strengthen KL International Airport’s (KLIA) as the preferred ASEAN hub.
As outlined in its five-year business plan, Runway to Success 2020 (RtS2020), Malaysia Airports continues to engage with its airline partners and stakeholders in order to capture key markets and improve short to medium haul connectivity in high growth markets for mutual benefits of all parties.
The arrival of Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports and Sallauddin Hj Mat Sah, General Manager of Marketing, Malaysia Airports at ANA office was welcomed by its Vice President of Marketing & Sales, Asia & Oceania, Mitsuo Tomita. ANA is one of Malaysia Airports’ main far-eastern carriers that had commenced daily operations into Kuala Lumpur from Narita in September 2015. Last October, the airline added daily services from Haneda to Kuala Lumpur and has since experienced encouraging traffic growth for both routes. The airline’s rapid progress at KLIA underlines how important the Malaysian’s market is for ANA’s network.
During a meeting with Garuda, Uun Setiawan, its Vice President of Asia Region, applauded Malaysia Airports’ efforts and initiatives to strengthen relationship with its long-term airline partners. Garuda offers high frequency flights between Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta with three daily flights utilising Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Malaysia Airports is confident that the airline will be able to further tap into the growing market and increase the number of passengers to Malaysia in view of Indonesia’s large population and high traffic between the two countries.
At the meeting with International Air Transport Association (IATA), who was represented by Conrad Clifford, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific, Badlisham took the opportunity to share updates on RtS2020, airport performance, capacity development and several other key initiatives at the airports. The meeting also served as a platform for both parties to exchange ideas for business efficiencies that will benefit both airlines and passengers. IATA's Asia Pacific regional office is based in Singapore and serves as the central point of contact for IATA's member airlines in the region. The regional office’s main role is to maintain close ties with governments, airports, air navigation service providers and regional industry organisations.