Malaysia opens LCC terminal at Kota Kinabalu

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A new passenger terminal has opened at Kota Kinabalu airport in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah built specifically for use by low-cost carriers.

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.