Airports managed by Malaysia Airports Holdings (MAHB) nationwide saw a traveller spend of approximately RM1 billion on fashion, food and apparel in 2017.
Some retail outlets reported a sales increase of 24% in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to The Star, which quoted managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali. Meanwhile, passenger traffic at 39 airports operated by MAHB last year amounted to 96.54 million, compared to 88.98 million in 2016. International passengers formed the bulk (49.4 million), while domestic passengers totaled 47.14 million.
Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said MAHB will continue efforts in promoting various events and Malaysian food, by cooperating with various entities to attract passengers to spend. Meanwhile, he expects incoming and outgoing passenger traffic at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and klia2 to triple during the Chinese New Year period, compared to its daily number of 50,000.
A+M has reached out to MAHB for comment.
Last year, MAHB appointed Tan Sri Syed Zainol Anwar as its new chairman, replacing director and chairman Tan Sri Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah who retired. In 2016, MAHB launched its KLIA Aeropolis, which was seen as a driver in achieving its vision of becoming a global leader in creating airport cities. This is part of its five-year business plan, Runway to Success 2020, to elevate the country to developed-nation status and transport the national airport into a world-class airport city and tourist destination.