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Peace restored between AirAsia and MAHB? TravelNews


The spat between AirAsia Group Bhd (AirAsia) and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) seems to be over soon following their meeting at Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s office today.
 
AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes tweeted that he had a great meeting with Lim, Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook and MAHB acting group chief executive officer Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin. Fernandes said Malaysia was expected to have more low-cost carrier terminals as MAHB now understood what AirAsia can do for the local aviation sector.
 
“More low cost terminals coming. Malaysian airports now understanding what we can do. Exciting time for guests, Malaysians. More jobs and economic growth. Let's hope the war is finally over and we both win together. MAHB and AirAsia. And of course the main winner Malaysians,” he tweeted.
 
Raja Azmi, meanwhile, tweeted that the meeting had been “productive”. “A productive Friday! More great meetings to come as we gear towards becoming a global hub,” he said. MAHB and AirAsia had been trading barbs over a host of issues including terminal relocation, airport incentives and efforts to develop low-cost travel since early this week.
 
In an Instagram posting today, AirAsia X group chief executive officer, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said: “Alhamdullillah on this blessed Friday. Deal done between AirAsia and MAHB. Working together for common good of the nation witnessed by both Minister of Finance and Minister of Transport of Malaysia.”
 
The airport operator on Thursday hit back at AirAsia for saying that the former had implied that negative growth was the reason for the latter’s move to Terminal 1 of Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA). MAHB, in its second statement over its war of words with AirAsia in three days, said the latter had taken its recent statement on its role in developing the country’s low-cost aviation sector out of context.
 
MAHB also defended its statement about airport incentives, saying that there were several incentive programmes exclusively given to AirAsia from 2002 to 2009. AirAsia immediately responded to MAHB’s latest statement. AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat said there was no special treatment given to the group and that it was merely made the best use of available incentives.
 
“In return, AirAsia has, since the start of operations in 2001, contributed at least RM3.5 billion in revenue to MAHB in the form of aeronautical charges - landing, parking, aerobridges, check-in counters, passenger service charges and passenger security service charges - and other charges, such as rental, utilities and more.” Riad added that any growth AirAsia experienced had directly contributed to MAHB’s coffers.

(Article from NewStraitsTimes--27 July 2018)
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