After having successfully managed airports in Malaysia, India and Turkey, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has decided to bid for airports in Europe where the stakes are high and the players established.
It is one of the several parties involved in the bidding for Stansted Airport in England. There are several stages involved and winner will not be known until mid-2013.
The biggest challenge any winner will face is the airport’s biggest client, Ryanair. The budget carrier’s chief executive Michael O’Leary has consistently criticised Stansted’s owner, Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd (formerly known as BAA), blaming it for the dramatic drop in passenger traffic from a high of 24 million passengers in 2007.
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