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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1, 2015:

The Transport Ministry has directed Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (Malaysia Airports) to transfer all operations of low-cost airlines and services from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA).

The transfer, which allows for a one-month transition period, will take effect from Nov 1 this year.

“Malaysia Airports has communicated to the relevant airlines (AirAsia Bhd, Indonesia AirAsia and AirAsia Zest) and related government agencies, such as the Royal Malaysian Customs and the Immigration Department, on the directive received from the ministry,” MAHB said in a statement today.

During the launch of Terminal 1 on Sept 16, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had announced that the terminal, which cost RM1.7 billion, had the capacity to accommodate nine million passengers.

On top of the better facilities available at Terminal 1, Malaysia Airports has pledged RM10 million to Sabah Tourism as a commitment to support the development of the tourism industry in Sabah.

All government agencies providing services at Terminal 2 will cease their operations and services at Terminal 2 effective Nov 1.

“Malaysia Airports will be working closely with the airlines and related stakeholders to facilitate the move and ensure smooth transition to Terminal 1, KKIA.”

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