New Kuala Lumpur low cost terminal faces six-month delay

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Kuala Lumpur International Airport's (KLIA) new low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) is expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2012, a delay of up to six months.

The terminal, which will be able to handle 30 million passengers a year, was originally due to begin operations in the third quarter of 2011. Its capacity can be expanded to 45 million passengers annually, says operator Malaysia Airports Holdings (MAHB).

The delays are due to the "tender exercise", says MAHB managing director Bashir Ahmad. The design is also being redone as the building is bigger than the original concept, he adds, according to reports in the Malaysian media.

MAHB officials declined to provide more details, saying that that further announcements would be made at a later date.