OREANDA-NEWS. YAB Tan Sri Dato' Hj Muhyiddin Hj Mohd Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia (DPM) made his first official visit to the world's largest purpose built terminal for low cost-carriers - klia2 and launched the new ERAMAN International Departure Emporium, located at Satellite Building klia2.

The DPM was briefed on the services and facilities available at klia2 and given a tour of the terminal, which is an extension of KL International Airport (KLIA). As the main international gateway to Malaysia, it is crucial that KLIA portrays an image that is in tandem with the country's aspirations to achieve developed status. Not only does klia2 complete the KLIA airport ecosystem by ensuring seamless connectivity between full service and low-cost flights, its world-class amenities serve as a model to the rest of the world for heightened passenger experience.

As a privately funded public project, klia2 was a major contributor to one of the privatised stimulus packages announced by the Government in 2009. Built for a capacity of up to 45 million passengers per annum, klia2 is poised to cater for the future growth of low cost airlines.

klia2 also plays an important role in furthering the nation's Economic Transformation Programme in several National Key Economic Areas, or NKEAs, such as Tourism, as well as Wholesale and Retail in order to transform Malaysia into a high income nation. It contributes significantly to increasing the average tourist spend by helping to position Malaysia as the desired duty-free haven.

Today's launch of Malaysia Airports' retail arm ERAMAN's International Departure Emporium at klia2 is for the largest single retail space operated by ERAMAN to date. This 3002.69 square meters emporium is meant to showcase its open space walk-through concept, modern architecture and friendly design. The ambience created by stunning LED lights, illuminating the space with different kind of moods, LED screens for advertisements and promotions aims to provide an enjoyable and upscale shopping experience for travellers.

International Departure Emporium is targeted to be one of the iconic milestones of ERAMAN in its journey to embrace premier travel retail industry.

At the same event, Malaysia Airports also took the opportunity to present its Flood Relief Donation to SK Che Latiff, Kota Bharu, Kelantan. A RM10,000 cheque was presented by Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah, Chairman of Malaysia Airports to Pn Salmah Ismail, the Headmaster of SK Che Latiff, witnessed by the Deputy Prime Minister.

SK Che Latiff is one of Malaysia Airports' adopted schools under its corporate responsibility programme, Beyond Borders. This contribution was to help the school to rebuild and repair some of the damaged parts of the school, caused by the recent massive flood in Kelantan.

Malaysia Airports was also proud to announce that Ruzliana Fazila Kamarudin, a HR senior executive from Malaysia Airports was the winner for ACI-Asia Pacific Young Executive of the Year 2015. Ruzliana was presented with a certificate of achievement by Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports during the same event.

Ruzliana, who won for her paper, entitled Managing Customer Expectation for Passenger Service at Airport will be receiving her award at the ACI-Asia Pacific Regional Assembly Meeting in the Dead Sea, Jordan on 28 April 2015. The award was established to honour outstanding talents from the aviation industry within the Asia-Pacific region. It is aimed at encouraging and promoting the contribution of innovative ideas and solutions to the current aviation industry issues.

Also present at the event were Y.B. Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai, the Minister of Transport; YB Datuk Abd. Aziz Kaprawi, Deputy Minister of Transport; and Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports.