Wednesday, January 21, 2009


KKIA poised to become hub for shoppers, says Musa


The Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) is poised to become a hub for shoppers with its wide range of duty free products and excellent service standards, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

He said travelers could enjoy these privileges within a conducive and comfortable environment.

Commending the shopping campaign initiated by Malaysia Airports and launched here yesterday, he said it was an admirable effort as it was an excellent way of welcoming both local and foreign visitors.

Musa said the Sabah government viewed this as a positive development to boost the tourism industry in the state.

“This campaign is an innovative way to promote the new international airport in Sabah’s capital as a lifestyle centre. In fact, Sabah is a state that is rich with natural wonder and beauty as well as cultural heritage.

“These are some of the reasons travelers from around the world are drawn to Sabah and even Malaysians from other parts of the country are starting to make Sabah their destination of choice,” he said in his speech at the launch of KKIA Spend and Win Shopping Campaign here yesterday.

His speech was read by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin.

The KKIA shopping campaign offers chances to win RM55,000 in cash prizes.

“This initiative will also help boost the local economy, which will create more opportunities among the people of Sabah,” said Musa.

Earlier, senior general operations manager of Malaysia Airports Datuk Azmi Murad said the contest was organised to encourage shopping and dining at KKIA as well as enhance the airport shopping experience.

“This is also a medium for us to reward shoppers at the airport. Furthermore, we would like to enrich the airport experience of travellers and turn KKIA into a lifestyle hub,” he said.

Azmi said KKIA, Terminal 1 was currently undergoing expansion to accommodate not only the increase in volume of travellers but create a comfortable and conducive airport environment.

“Phase 1 of the development plan of Terminal 1 had been completed in August last year. Phase 2 is due to be completed by end of the year,” he said.

He said KKIA was the second busiest airport in the country after KLIA with passenger movements recording an increase of 6.5 per cent last year compared to 2007.

Azmi said on completion of Terminal 1, the new KKIA would be twice its original size.

— Bernama