Malaysia has broken ground on a new budget carrier terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, to be opened by April 2012. The new terminal, with a total space of over 237 square meters, will be able to handle 30 million passengers annually, making it the largest of its kind in Asia. Its largest tenant will be AirAsia, Malaysia’s own budget carrier that brought low-cost travel to the Southeast Asian region in 2001 and has seen a rapid growth in customer numbers since then. Figures show overall budget travel from Kuala Lumpur has increased by around 37% in the past decade, and growth is expected to continue in double digits despite competition from other regional hubs.

The new terminal will be located much closer to KL’s main terminal and provide more sophisticated facilities to travelers. Originally scheduled to open in late 2011, the completion date was set back due to difficulties building on the site, formerly a palm oil plantation.

source & article: Channel NewsAsia