Malaysia may build LCC terminal at Penang airport

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Malaysia’s Government is considering building a new terminal at Penang airport dedicated for use by low-cost carriers.

The official Bernama news agency says the Penang state government plans to allocate 36Ha (89 acres) of land at Penang International Airport for a dedicated low-cost carrier terminal.

It says talks are taking place between several parties including the Transport Ministry and national airports operator Malaysia Airports Holding.

Last year Malaysia opened its first airport terminal dedicated for use by low-cost carriers, at the flagship Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The new terminal, which is used by no-frills operator AirAsia, is simple in design and function and allows for easier passenger boarding and faster aircraft turnarounds than at the airport’s main terminal.

Malaysia’s Government is seeking to boost air traffic to and from Penang. National carrier Malaysia Airlines recently launched a new Penang-based subsidiary airline called Firefly which operates Fokker 50 turboprops.