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Friday February 13, 2009

Firm to open more lounges

By ZAZALI MUSA


SENAI: Hong Kong-based Plaza Premium Management Ltd will be opening four new Plaza Premium Lounges in Malaysia this year.

Chief financial officer Clarence Chiu said the outlets would be at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport and Kota Kinabalu Low-Cost Carrier Terminal in Sabah and Kuching International Airport and Miri Airport in Sarawak.

He said with the new outlets, the number of airport lounges operated by the company nationwide would increase from three now to seven.

“Malaysia is one of the countries in the region which experience fast growth in air travel segment.

Clarence Chiu (right) with Plaza Premium country manager Malaysia Simo Chong at the outlet's opening

“We want tap into the market,’’ Chiu said at the opening of the company’s third Plaza Premium Lounge at Senai International Airport in Johor yesterday.

Other outlets in Malaysia are at the KL International Airport and Sepang Low Cost Carrier Terminal.

Plaza Premium currently operates 26 lounges in 11 cities: Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Johor Baru, Kuala Lumpur, Muscat, Shanghai, Singapore, Toronto and Vancouver.

Plaza Premium Lounge is the world’s first commercial VIP lounge open to airport users irrespective of airlines, travel class, air miles or membership programme.

The lounge operates around the clock, offering users access to audio-visual facilities, internet connectivity, food and beverage and business services.

“Like all our outlets in other major cities, our lounges in Malaysia cater for customers travelling and transitting at this part of the country,’’ said Chiu.

He said the company would be opening four new lounges at Toronto by the end of the month and an outlet at India’s New Delhi International Airport in March.

Plaza Premium would bid to operate an outlet at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris as it expanded into Europe, Chiu said adding that it planned to open an outlet at Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 4 in 2011.

The company would be looking to open more outlets in the Middle East, especially in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, he said.

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