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Malaysia Airports Celebrates KLIA's 10th Anniversary by Rewarding Agencies with KLIA Awards

28 June 2008

Sepang, 28 June 2008 - KL International Airport (KLIA) celebrates its 10th anniversary today, and Malaysia Airports is commemorating this memorable occasion by offering 15 awards, up for grabs for all service providers and operators in the third annual KLIA Awards.

KLIA Awards offer recognition to different categories of carriers and service providers at KLIA. The winners received the Awards either based on passenger movements, strong growth, good sales performance, international recognition as well as service performance - all based on 2007 performance.

Introduced in 2006 after KLIA first won the World's Best Airport (15-25 million passengers per annum category) in the 2005 AETRA Awards, this year's KLIA Awards is deemed to be much more significant as KLIA celebrates its 10th anniversary, and also regained the World's Best Airport title for the third consecutive times in Airport Council International Airport Service Quality (ACI-ASQ) 2007 Awards. KLIA also improved its position to second place for the Best Airport Worldwide and Best Airport Asia/Pacific categories, where it was placed third in 2006.

The presentation of the KLIA Awards is aimed at providing an incentive and reward to all KLIA business associates and partners to position KLIA in service excellence. After three years, the KLIA Awards has established itself as one of the most important events in the nation's aviation industry.

YB Datuk Ong Tee Keat, Minister of Transport in his speech said that the Government will continue to support the advancements spearheaded by KLIA to make it the preferred air hub in Asia Pacific. He also said: "The country's liberal aviation policy has continued to attract foreign airlines to increase their services into Malaysia. We must encourage more air service agreements as it will further boost the good image of KLIA."

He added: "More than just an airport, KLIA plays an important role in creating employment and a league of business opportunities with its emergence as an airport city. This is exactly in line with our initial plans to develop a thriving airport centred community which is not only economically generative, but also environmentally viable. KLIA remains today, the world's first and only environmentally centred airport."

Y.Bhg Dato' Seri Dato' Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports said: "KLIA Awards is a medium for us to acknowledge those within the KLIA community who have consistently improved themselves and enhanced their presence at the airport with the kind of excellent service we wish to extend to all airport users. Their collective unrelenting efforts have been the pillar of success for KLIA throughout its 10 years of operations."

"Another milestone for KLIA in its 10th anniversary, without doubt was been awarded World's Best Airport title three times in a row, which is indeed a great achievement for KLIA. It would have just remained a dream had it not been for the excellent continuous support and contributions of all those individuals and organisations that have made KLIA what it is today.

"And I believe I speak for all of us within the KLIA community that we are heading towards a brighter future and we will continuously increase our efforts to bring home more accolades, not only for KLIA, but for Malaysians as a whole."

He added: "We are proud as we are internationally recognised as a capable operator and manager with an excellent track record on performance and it is the outlook and vision for Malaysia Airports to be an accomplished airport operator in the world."

The Awards came in the shape of a specially constructed trophy. KLIA also issued a special edition commemorative medallions and stamps to mark its 10th anniversary.

At the same event, the Minister of Transport also launched the Malaysia Airports' coffee table book, entitled 'The Malaysian Aviation Saga' which features the nation's history of aviation, from the first flight, marking Malaysia's entry into a truly connected world, to the portrait of a nation joining the supersonic age.

KLIA coffee table book, entitled 'Colours of KLIA - Imagine, Explore, Discover' was also launched, featuring all water-colour drawings of areas and activities at KLIA and its surroundings.

Also present at the Awards dinner was the Chairman of Malaysia Airports, Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Aris Othman. More than 500 guests attended the grand event at the Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the 2007 Asia's Best Airport Hotel, which is owned by Malaysia Airports. The guests were entertained by singers Melissa Indot and Sean Ghazi.

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