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3.9m passengers used the KKIA last year
Published on: Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Kota Kinabalu: The Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) has emerged second only to KLIA in terms of domestic and international passenger arrivals and departures.Last year 3.9 million domestic and international passengers arrived and departed from KKIA, a 10 per cent increase to the 3.6 million recorded in 2005.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), Operations Senior General Manager, Dato' Azmi Murad said KKIA had recorded a tremendous growth over the last few years.

He revealed that previously it was Kuching that was placed second behind KLIA followed by Penang.

Azmi was speaking at the KKIA Project Sports Carnival 2007 Prize Presentation cum Annual Dinner here on Sunday night.

He said KKIA's growth could be attributed to the hard work and efforts of not only its staff but everyone involved in making the airport successful.

"I hope this will continue as I believe KKIA's growth will increase further in future," he said, pointing out that this was because the KKIA's facilities were being upgraded to become an international hub for tourism.

"Since KKIA is being upgraded, our service too will need to be upgraded, we do not want to be left behind. This is especially so because we will be dealing with more and more tourists,' he pointed out.

Meanwhile, in the KKIA Project Sports Carnival 2006, WCT Engineering Berhad was crowned overall champion beating eight other teams in the tournament held over two months since November last year.

In second spot was Malaysia Airports Berhad while Malaysia Airlines was in third place.

In fourth and fifth spot respectively were KLIA Consultancy Services Sdn. Bhd and Shell Aviation. A total of five sports events were competed namely futsal, bowling, badminton, volley ball and table-tennis.



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