A leading corporate leader with strong financial background and extensive experience in various fields, he is currently steering Malaysia Airports to greater heights.
This month, Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin shares how the airport operator has been busy gearing up to usher in the country’s Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020 campaign to ensure a seamless passengers’ experience and providings to cater to the increasing demand for air travel.
In our preparations for the celebration of the nation’s Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020 campaign, Malaysia Airports has been working closely with various ministries not only to achieve our targets in terms of tourist arrivals and receipts but most importantly to extend the warmest welcome to our guests when they step into Malaysia, our beloved country.
The Ministries and Government agencies involved include the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, The Royal Malaysia Police, Department of Immigration Malaysia, Royal Malaysian Customs Department and the Land Public Transport Agency.
At our klia2 terminal, among the major initiatives we have undertaken is the relocation of the Eraman emporium to cater to the expansion and reconfiguration of the immigration arrival area. To ensure a smoother flow of immigration process for the convenience of our guests, we will have 50 immigration counters and 10 auto-gates that will be reconfigured. We expect to complete the reconfiguration work by 31 December as to usher the New Year and our country’s campaign.
I am happy to observe that airlines such as Citilink Indonesia that started flying into Malaysia last year continue to see the potential in our destination by introducing the Denpasar-Kuala Lumpur (KUL) route on the same day it launched its Denpasar-Perth sector. Considering that Australia is an important market for us, this will make it easier for foreign tourists in Bali to travel onwards to our capital city. It is worth noting that the total passenger movement for the Indonesia-Malaysia route has seen an increase of 4.9% from January to October 2019 to 7,947,329 as compared to the same period last year.
I am also pleased to announce that our latest statistics show that our total network of airports, including Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, registered 9.2% growth for October with 11.7 million passenger movements. This is the highest growth recorded so far in 2019.
On a different note, Malaysia Airlines has resumed its codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines that benefits both parties since 21 October. With the latest development of Turkish Cargo expanding its Boeing freighters 777F cargo flight network to KUL with effect from 31 October, this augurs well with our aspiration in developing KLIA Aeropolis into a fully integrated air cargo network comprising air, sea and land connectivity under our Air Cargo and Logistics cluster.
If all goes well for these remaining months especially during holiday season, we should be on our way to achieve our passenger movement targets for this year. I would like to take this opportunity to wish our guests and visitors to our airports Happy Holidays and many memorable, joyous moments to bring home.