A new passenger terminal has opened at Kota Kinabalu airport
in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah built specifically for use by low-cost
National airports operator Malaysia Airports Holdings says
the new Terminal 2 at Kota Kinabalu International Airport has begun operations following
seven months of construction.
It says the terminal building cost 60 million ringgit ($17
million) and it will be used mainly by low-cost carrier AirAsia, which has been
increasing its services to East Malaysia over the past year.
The new terminal is capable of handling 1,200 passengers per
hour. It has 26 check-in counters for international and domestic flights and
six aircraft parking bays designed to allow for quick turnarounds.
AirAsia is based in Kuala Lumpur and is Asia’s largest
low-cost airline. It operates out of a dedicated low-cost carrier terminal
which opened last year at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Upgrade work is also taking place on the main terminal at
Kota Kinabalu airport to greatly expand its size.