AirAsia seems intent on rebranding the KLIA2 hub as LCCT2, despite heavy opposition from Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB). Chief Executive Officer at AirAsia Group will be meeting tomorrow with the Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai to discuss the branding issue.
Speaking to the reporters at the Malaysia Pitch@Place, Fernandes said:
We understand that we do not have the right to rename the terminal but we still want to push this as a marketing strategy to tell the world that the terminal is low-cost.
He also said this is a good opportunity to elevate tourism and get more jobs and called MAHB to work with AirAsia in bringing in more customers to use KLIA2 as a connecting terminal.
Fernandes also criticized KLIA2 for its lack of integration with the main terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, citing that the only connection comes from the ERL service, which costs RM2.
It is the only airport in the world that charges you to move from terminals. That does not help with integration. We brought this issue after two years because before this, we never had any connecting product and this segment is now growing rapidly.
He also said that more and more passengers use KLIA2 as a connecting terminal to Southeast Asia destinations.
AirAsia Moves Operations at Yangon from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1
As of 28th June, AirAsia Group will no longer operate from Terminal 2 at the Yangon International Airport but will move to Terminal 1.
The airline has advised passengers traveling on flights operated by both AirAsia and Thai AirAsia to check-in at T1 starting this Tuesday, instead at T2 as was the case so far.
AirAsia said it will inform the passengers flying to and from Yangon via email or SMS message.
AirAsia currently operates to Yangon from Kuala Lumpur ant Penang, while Thai AirAsia flies from Bangkok to the capital of Myanmar for a total of 45 weekly flights to Yangon between the two airlines.
Terminal 1 is located only a walking distance from T2 at Yangon International Airport.