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Kuala Lumpur opens budget terminal

Malaysia is set to open Thursday its no-frills airport terminal, 20 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).The terminal is to deal with Asia’s booming budget aviation sector. The airport also hoping to turn Kuala Lumpur into a regional air hub.

The new terminal is Southeast Asia’s first dedicated no-frills terminal, and will rival a similar one at Singapore’s Changi airport due to open on Sunday.

Costing $29 million the terminal will be officially opened by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The terminal took a record nine months to complete and will handle 10 million passengers a year. Malaysia-based AirAsia will be the main carrier to use the terminal.