klia2 to open on 2 May; AirAsia to move in with self-service offer on 9 May
Klia2 is the largest airport terminal built specifically for low-cost carriers and it will be the new home of AirAsia.
The world’s largest purpose-built terminal for low-cost carriers, klia2, will open for operations tomorrow (2 May) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Malindo Air, Cebu Pacific, Tiger Airways, Lion Air and Mandala Airlines will operate from the terminal on its first day, before flagship airline customer AirAsia moves its operations from the existing Low Cost Carrier Terminal to klia2 on 9 May.
Steven Dickson, AirAsia’s Group Head, Ground and Inflight Operations, pictured here alongside AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes, explained to FTE that he would like to see upwards of 95% of the low-cost carrier’s customers using the self-service facilities.
AirAsia’s arrival in the new terminal – which has a 45 million passenger per annum capacity – will mark a passenger experience milestone, as travellers will be able to make use of the most comprehensive self-service offer ever seen in an Asian airport.
As AirAsia’s Group Head, Ground and Inflight Operations, Steven Dickson, outlined to FTE in a recent interview, passengers will be able to check-in using self-service kiosks, tag their own bags and – towards the end of this year – be able to deposit them at a self-service bag drop without any assistance from an airline agent.
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