On its website AirAsia has listed down several justification on its need to build a new airport for its own purpose. Among them are:- Passenger capacity - Although the current LCC Terminal in KLIA is currently undergoing construction to enable the terminal to handle 15 million passenger a year, AirAsia expects that the terminal will only hold the passenger growth for only one year. The company anticipates to handle 25 million passenger through the terminal on 2013 which a short fall of over 10 million passengers. There was also concerns that MAHB may not be able to build the new LCC Terminal in KLIA on time to accommodate the expanding fleet of AirAsia aircraft. In addition, there has been complaints the present LCCT is "a little more than a shed", and concern the new LCCT may not be that much better standard. Runaway capacity - AirAsia claims that KLIA LCC terminal does not have the capacity to cope up with peak hour aircraft movements. They are expecting to have 159 Airbus A320 and 25 widebody Airbus A330 by 2013. Connectivity - AirAsia claims that there are poor connectivity on the terminal Airport facility - AirAsia claims that waiting time for taxiway has increased due to huge airport layout. They also claimed that the number of gates needed for their operations in the future are insufficient. Autonomy - AirAsia purports it would not have any say in the new facilities in KLIA and that Malaysia Airports Berhad, the operators of KLIA, intends to build. The airline fears that landing and other charges could rise. It thus announced a plan to build its own airport which it claims will be built on time and to keep expenses low. There has been frustration by AirAsia in the poor performance of the KLIA operators. AirAsia has also list down the justification of choosing the site for the airport. Among them are:- Location - The new location is cost efficient, good connectivity to highways and railway lines, and a readily available land. The land is
Links: below). Air Asia is currently the largest and the most successful budget airline in the whole of Southeast Asia, pioneered by Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes. He privately bought Air Asia, then an ailing government-linked airline and turned it around as a no-frills budget airline until it was profitable and publicly listed.
Possibly the only thing that is becoming more clear is that the subject of this new airport development is now a very debatable issue within the country.