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Aviation Council to be set up in November, says Loke

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SEPANG: An Aviation Council will be set up this November to thrash out issues related to the nation's growing aviation industry, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

"I will chair the council which will comprise stakeholders from the aviation industry where we will meet once every three months to discuss issues and policy matters," he told reporters at the groundbreaking ceremony of the dedicated processing centre for departing crew at KLIA2 here on Friday (Sept 21).

Loke said the council will allow him to have a better grasp of the issues to help resolve matters affecting the industry to ensure its proper growth.

Among the main agenda during the council's first meeting, he said, was to find means to sustain airport infrastructure development without putting a financial strain on government coffers. 

Earlier in his speech, Loke said that as of August 2018, KL International Airport had registered 40 million passenger traffic movement, with its second terminal, KLIA2, registering 21.3 million.

"This is a 7.8% increase from the same period last year," he said, adding that the number is expected to increase following the Airports Council International's forecast that the region will see 53% growth of passengers in the next two years.

He also said the new RM2.7mil processing centre for departing crew will help airlines save up to 40% time or about 21 hours a day.

Also present were Malaysia Airports Berhad acting group chief executive officer Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin and AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes. 



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