Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Penggantungan laluan Kota Bharu - Ipoh tidak menjejaskan trafik penumpang

KOTA BHARU: Penggantungan laluan penerbangan Kota Bharu - Ipoh oleh syarikat penerbangan Malindo Air berkuat kuasa 30 Mei 2015 tidak menjejaskan kedatangan pelancong domestik ke Kelantan terutamanya dari Perak. 

Hal ini kerana Lebuh Raya Timur - Barat (LRTB) masih menjadi pilihan utama penduduk di kedua-dua buah negeri untuk berulang-alik sama ada dengan memandu kenderaan sendiri mahupun dengan pengangkutan awam terutamanya bas ekspres. 

Penggantungan ini juga tidak akan menjejaskan trafik penumpang di Lapangan Terbang Kota Bharu yang mencatatkan jumlah pengendalian penumpang seramai 1.8 juta pada tahun lepas. Malah trafik penumpang di lapangan terbang ini dijangka melebihi 2.0 juta penumpang pada tahun ini. 

Laluan Kota Bharu - Ipoh ini mula dilancarkan Malindo Air pada 14 Februari lepas dengan perkhidmatan penerbangan sulung bagi kedua-dua hala. Namun begitu, perkhidmatan berjadual tiga kali seminggu ini kemudiannya ditunda kepada 3 Mac ekoran kekurangan sambutan daripada orang awam.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

MAS to customers: It is business as usual

PETALING JAYA: Christoph Mueller (pic), the chief executive officer of Malaysia Airlines, has assured customers that operations will continue even with the appointment of an administrator.

“I assure you our operations are very much business as usual. All MAS flights, schedules and reservations continue to operate as normal.

“We remain committed to serving you with our world-class Malaysian Hospitality and look forward to welcoming you on board MAS,’’ Mueller said in a statement yesterday.

The statement came after MAS parent Khazanah Nasional Bhd appointed Pricewaterhouse Coopers executive chairman Datuk Mohammad Faiz Azmi as the administrator to oversee the restructuring of now de-listed MAS into a new company, MAS Bhd.

Azmi would oversee the transfer of the assets and liabilities of MAS to MAS Bhd, which would start operations on Sept 1.

Mueller said the appointment would not affect MAS’ daily operations and flight reservations.

“You can continue to make reservations in full confidence that our flights and schedules are operating as normal, that tickets sold will be honoured, and that our Enrich frequent flyer programme continues with Miles and the status preserved.’’

In a related development Mueller told Reuters that the new company would be like a “start-up” and there was little margin for error.

“I’m hired to run the new company entirely on commercial terms and there’s very little margin for error,” Mueller told Reuters.

“It’s not a continuation of the old company in a new disguise, everything is new,” said Mueller, who helped turn around carriers such as Aer Lingus, Belgium’s Sabena, and Germany’s Lufthansa .

Mueller confirmed that the carrier has been trying to sell two of its A380s and will likely have fewer planes overall, but said that the new company will keep all of its current types of aircraft including the Airbus A330s, Boeing 777-200s and 737-800s.

The airline’s costs are 20% above its rivals and Mueller said it will take three years to close that gap and return to profitability.

It is learnt that Mueller is scheduled to meet with union leaders today. It will be his second meeting with the union leaders since he took office early this month. He has been engaging with the unions and also the staff since coming on board.

Earlier this month, he sent a three-page e-mail to employees, telling them the condition of the airline they were working for and that he needed their support to move forward.

The sources said that among other things, today’s meeting with the unions would centre on the appointment of the administrator.

Yesterday, The Star reported the anxiety of MAS employees as they waited to receive their termination letters.

The services of all 20,000 employees will be terminated but two-thirds of them will be rehired by the new airline. Between 6,000 and 8,000 are expected to be laid off in stages.

However, some of those terminated may be given short-term contracts to ease the transition to the new airline. 
Source: The Star Online | 26 May 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Operasi MAS di Nepal hampir pulih

SELEPAS hampir sebulan gempa bumi dahsyat dengan magnitud 7.8 menggegarkan negara Himalaya itu, pengembara yang menggunakan perkhidmatan pesawat Malaysia Airlines (MAS) antara Nepal dan Malaysia memberikan respons menggalakkan dengan operasi penerbangan dan di lapangan hampir pulih seperti biasa.

MAS dalam satu kenyataan berkata syarikat itu meneruskan penerbangan dua kali setiap hari dari Kathmandu ke Kuala Lumpur dengan kebanyakan pengembara adalah pekerja yang hendak ke Malaysia.

"Penerbangan beroperasi seperti biasa. Pejabat Malaysia Airlines (di Kathmandu) rosak teruk akibat kedua-dua gempa bumi," kata kenyataan itu merujuk kepada gegaran utama yang pertama (25 April) dan kedua pada 12 Mei pada magnitud 7.3.

Menurut MAS, kakitangan tempatan syarikat penerbangan itu dan kakitangan ejen perkhidmatan lapangan (GSA) sangat komited untuk menjalankan tugas mereka.

Syarikat penerbangan itu sedang bekerjasama rapat dengan Lembaga Pelancongan Nepal untuk membina dan menarik semula pasaran yang terjejas selepas dua gempa bumi yang dahsyat," jelas seorang pegawai dalam satu kenyataan ringkas kepada pertanyaan Bernama mengenai perkhidmatannya di Nepal. 

Selain MAS, dua syarikat penerbangan lain, AirAsia dan Malindo mengangkut kira-kira 1,000 hingga 1,400 penumpang setiap hari ke Malaysia.

Gempa bumi dahsyat pada 25 April dan gegaran susulan yang kuat 12 Mei, merekodkan sejumlah 8,567 kematian (kemas kini sehingga 18 Mei), manakala hampir 22,000 orang cedera.

Menurut pegawai Nepal, sebanyak 488,788 buah rumah musnah dan 267,282 rumah dengan sebahagiannya rosak akibat bencana tersebut.

Dalam perkembangan berkaitan, wakil-wakil kanan Sumber Manusia MAS baru-baru ini melawat kakitangannya di Kathmandu.

Pengarah Sumber Manusianya Zahrah Zaid dan Ketua Operasi dan Perhubungan Perusahaan, Kamal Azran melawat rumah mereka yang musnah dalam bencana itu. 

Semasa lawatan itu, 22 kakitangan tempatan menerima bantuan kewangan dan bantuan barangan.

Sejak gempa bumi melanda Kathmandu, MAS juga telah menerima permintaan menggalakkan dari seluruh dunia untuk membantu rakyat Nepal.

"Ia telah menyelesaikan banyak permintaan untuk membantu mangsa-mangsa di Nepal, dan syarikat penerbangan itu membenarkan untuk menempatkan keperluan lebih daripada 2,000 kg di ruang kargo daripada para penderma untuk membantu mangsa-mangsa gempa bumi," kata MAS dalam kenyataannya. 

Sumber: Bernama | 23 Mei 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Flymojo dijangka mula operasi pada awal tahun depan

SYARIKAT penerbangan Flymojo yang diuruskan Fly Mojo Sdn. Bhd. (Fly Mojo) dijangka dapat memulakan operasi komersial pada awal tahun depan. 

Pada Mac lepas, Fly Mojo telah memuktamadkan pembelian 20 buah pesawat jenis CS100 keluaran Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, iaitu sebuah syarikat pembinaan kapal terbang yang berpangkalan di Kanada.  

Pesawat jenis CS100 ini mempunyai kapasiti tempat duduk antara 100 - 149 dan amat sesuai untuk penerbangan domestik dan serantau. 

Mengikut perancangan Fly Mojo, Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Senai (SIA), Johor Bahru, Johor akan menjadi hab operasi utamanya, manakala Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kota Kinabalu (KKIA) akan menjadi hab sekundernya. 

Dalam pada itu, terdapat ura-ura mengatakan bahawa Flymojo turut berminat untuk beroperasi dari atau ke Lapangan Terbang Sultan Ismail Petra (LTSIP), Kota Bharu, Kelantan, iaitu lapangan terbang tersibuk di Pantai Timur. 

Sekiranya Flymojo turut beroperasi dari atau ke LTSIP nanti, Flymojo akan menjadi syarikat penerbangan kelima yang beroperasi di LTSIP selepas Penerbangan Malaysia (MAS), AirAsia, Firefly, dan Malindo Air. 

Pembinaan lapangan terbang baharu Lawas akan tingkatkan ekonomi Sarawak, Sabah

MIRI: Pembinaan lapangan terbang baharu Lawas di Bahagian Limbang dalam tempoh Rancangan Malaysia Ke-11 (RMK11) akan dapat meningkatkan potensi ekonomi, sosial dan pelancongan yang wujud di Sarawak dan Sabah, kata Anggota Parlimen Lawas Datuk Henry Sum Agong.

Beliau berkata ini kerana, saiz Lapangan Terbang Lawas sedia ada terlalu kecil dan landasannya pula sering dilanda banjir pada musim hujan hingga kadangkala terpaksa ditutup hingga seminggu.

"Di samping itu, ia juga hanya boleh digunakan pesawat Twin-Otter, tetapi dengan adanya lapangan terbang lebih besar, pesawat lebih besar akan dapat beroperasi di Lawas," katanya kepada Bernama apabila diminta mengulas cadangan pembinaan lapangan terbang baharu Lawas dalam tempoh RMK11.

Kini, pesawat Twin-Otter dengan 17 tempat duduk yang dikendalikan Maswings merupakan satu-satunya pesawat yang boleh digunakan dalam Perkhidmatan Udara Luar Bandar (RAS) di Lawas.

Henry berkata Lawas mempunyai potensi besar dari segi pelancongan, tetapi disebabkan kemudahan perkhidmatan udara yang terhad, wilayah utara Sarawak ini agak sukar untuk dipromosi sebagai destinasi pelancongan.

Katanya, memandangkan Lawas bersempadan dengan Sipitang, Sabah, lebih banyak kerjasama antara kedua-dua negeri itu boleh diterokai.

"Kami juga boleh meneroka potensi yang wujud di luar wilayah Sarawak dan Sabah, seperti Kalimantan di Indonesia, sekiranya lapangan terbang baharu Lawas mampu menampung kegunaan pesawat lebih besar," katanya.

Beliau berkata pembinaan sebuah lapangan terbang baharu di Lawas sepatutnya sudah lama dilaksanakan kerana tapaknya telah dikenal pasti sejak lama dulu.

Beliau berkata apabila siap kelak, lapangan terbang baharu yang dicadangkan itu dijangka dapat digunakan pesawat ATR 72 Maswings yang mempunyai 72 tempat duduk.

Sumber: Bernama | 21 Mei 2015

11MP will ensure continuation of peace and harmony, boost for aviation industry

PUTRAJAYA: Various allocations provided for under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) will continue to preserve peace and harmony enjoyed by the country all these years said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zahid Hamidi.

Zahid said initiatives under the RMK11 will further boost public safety and security through affirmative and appropriate measures to enforce the law strictly and without fear or favour.

"The Home Ministry will ensure the policies under 11MP remain on the right track to ensure public safety and security which will than help propel the development of the country," he said in a statement today.

Zahid said the 11MP must be viewed as a continuation of the legacy left behind by leaders for their successors to fulfill their vision and safeguard the Independence of the country.

He said in five years time, the country would reach a historic milestone - Vision 2020 - on the backdrop of rapid development and progress enjoyed by the country in its quest to become a developed nation.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAC) to be incorporated in July 2015 under the 11MP will provide for a more structured and systematic aviation industry, as the responsibilities of the independent regulatory body include economic regulation and consumer protection in the industry.

Placing the MAC under the Ministry will boost efficiency since the commission will undertake policy and planning functions to manage capacity and competition via licensing, route allocation and streamlining airports according to the hierarchy.

"I am confident the commission will overcome the challenges and help improve the country's aviation sector," he said in a statement after the announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today.

The 11MP, covering the period 2016 to 2020, says the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) will continue to serve as the technical, safety and security authority.

In addition, the communication, navigation and surveillance as well as the air traffic management systems will be upgraded to improve efficiency of air navigation services under the 11MP.

Source: Bernama | 21 May 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Kelantan Umno wants international airport for Kota Bharu


Mustapa urges greater priority for infrastructure projects in Kelantan
JELI: The Federal Government has been urged to provide more infrastructure projects for the benefit of the people in Kelantan under the 11th Malaysia Plan to be tabled in Parliament next week (21 May 2015).

Kelantan Umno chief Mustapa Mohamed said the people of Kelantan should be given the chance to enjoy development in line with the government’s hope to make Malaysia a developed nation by 2020.

Our priority is to upgrade the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport (in Pengkalan Chepa) to become an international airport and overcome congestion at the runway and terminal to accommodate the growing number of passengers every year.

Secondly, the Kota Bharu-Machang Highway up to Gua Musang. The federal government is building Phase 1B and 2A, so we hope the highway will be completed within the 11th Plan,” he told reporters.

Mustapa, who heads the Kelantan Federal Action Council, said the federal government should give Kelantan priority in order to stop the state from lagging behind in development.

I hope the federal government will pay attention to the East - West Highway which connects Gerik, Perak, to Jerteh, Terengganu, as the Jeli-Machang-Pasir Puteh route is always congested. Since upgrading will involve high costs, we hope that some roads in urban areas can be expanded.”

He added the flood mitigation project which was submitted to the Economic Planning Unit should be included in the 11th Plan.

Source: Bernama | 16 May 2015