MALAYSIA. Malaysia Airports has issued tenders for commercial services across a range of categories at Kuching International Airport.

There are 12 spaces available. Ten are allocated under an open tender for retail, dining and services across departures and arrivals. Categories include travel gadgets, food (snacks/pick & mix), pharmacy/personal care, casual dining, grab & go, coffee, a local café alongside three telecoms units. Spaces range from 15sq m to 164sq m.

Units available to indigenous companies only in departures on Level 3 include a 150sq m F&B outlet and a 10sq m baggage wrapping service.

Kuching International: Home to the latest phase of commercial upgrades in the Malaysia Airports portfolio.

Tenancies will run for three years in each case, with some concessions offering a two-year extension option. The bid deadline is 23 January.

Average retail spend at Kuching Airport is currently RM8 (US$1.17) per passenger. The airport handled 5.1 million passengers in 2017, 10% of them flying direct to international destinations, the balance on domestic routes. By 2020, the airport is forecast to handle 6.4 million passengers. The top international destinations in 2017 were Singapore, Pontianak and Hong Kong.

As reported, Malaysia Airports is undergoing a “commercial re-set” to run over the next three years, beginning at KLIA and klia2.

Upward trajectory: Passenger traffic and retail sales growth in the past three years at Kuching Airport.

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