Malaysia upgrades low-cost terminal

Malaysia plans to upgrade its low-cost airline terminal near Kuala Lumpur International Airport to include a covered walkway to aircraft, after passengers complained of getting drenched as they boarded their flights, a news report said Wednesday. Deputy Transport Minister Azlan Abu Bakar reportedly said that the ministry was aware of passengers being caught in thunderstorms, which frequently hit this tropical country, as they board flights at the terminal.

Aircraft at the two-month-old Low Cost Carrier Terminal are parked in the open, and passengers walk the short distance between the planes and the terminal building. They board and disembark from the aircraft using old-fashioned truck mounted steps.

“The ministry is making efforts to address all shortcomings at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal for the users’ comfort,” Azlan was quoted as saying by the Bernama national news agency and the New Straits Times newspaper.