Expanded area and infrastructure push up KLIA2 costs


KUALA LUMPUR — An expanded area and infrastructure are
among the factors pushing up the construction cost of low-cost carrier terminal
(LCCT) KLIA2, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abd Rahim Bakri said based on a review of
the KLIA2 project construction, several revisions were made to the original plan
based on new requirements following the drastic expansion of the low-cost
airline industry.
“Among others, the project construction revision of KLIA2 managed by
Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) will increase the original terminal
area from 150,000 sq metres to 250,000 sq metres.
“Apart from that, there were requirements from airlines to increase
passenger capacity to 45 million and building another 4.4km runway (making it
three) as well as the need to upgrade facilities of the Department of Civil
Aviation and a comprehensive security control system,” he said.
Abdul Rahim was replying to a supplementary question from Tony Pua
(DAP-Petaling Jaya North) to seek clarification from the government on the
increased cost of construction for KLIA2.

The latest estimated cost for KLIA2 project is RM4 billion compared to the
original estimate of RM2 billion when the project began in 2009.
On the progress status of KLIA2, Abdul Rahim said as at September 13, 61.92
per cent of the project was on schedule and was expected to be completed in
April next year based on the commitment given by the implementing contractor.
Abdul Rahim also dismissed a proposal to build another low-cost carrier
terminal as KLIA2 was capable of meeting future demand.
“The current LCCT has now exceeded its capacity of 15 million passengers
as it is handling 17 million passengers and therefore there is the need
for KLIA2.
“By 2020, we are projecting 33 million passengers … and at the moment
based on the upgrading by the government, KLIA2 can accommodate 45 million
passengers,” he said in reply to a supplementary question from Datuk Idris
Haron (BN-Tangga Batu).