You think that the airport business is an old, lazy, uninteresting business. Not so in Asia and especially Malaysia. The competition among airlines (not airports) I guess has caused traffic to increase by leaps and bounds to the Malaysian airports.
Some statistics just as reported today.
And the commentary from the company itself:
"Malaysia Airports handled 7.27 million passenger movements, an increase of 27.8% over August 2012. It is a record high for the system of airports surpassing the 7million mark for the first time and being the highest passenger movements achieved for a month to date. Before 2013, the previous highest record achieved was 6.57 million recorded in December 2012 which traditionally has been the highest passenger movements month. Encouragingly May, June and August 2013 also outperformed December 2012. International passengers reached 3.45 million, registering a 25.1% year-on-year increase while domestic passengers recorded 30.4% growth with 3.82 million passengers. The sound performance in particular for the domestic sector was unexpected as Hari Raya Festive Season also fell on the same month last year with a double digit growth of 13.1%. This is a double digit growth over the previous double digit growth in August 2012. The longer school holidays complemented by competitive air fares and sufficient seat capacity partly contributed to the remarkable growth. It is encouraging to note that the international sector’s equal credible growth was driven by inbound tourists that have gained momentum backed by tourism campaign for VMY 2014, new airlines operation, additional airlines’ seat capacity and oneworld effect. With the oneworld alliance and higher transfers within AirAsia group, the monthly transfer traffic at KL International Airport has increased by about 100,000 per month and it is increasing from month to month."
Like I have said before, while the airlines are fighting themselves out - Malaysia Airport is enjoying. A simple business - in fact a monopoly if you look at it. Nothing difficult, but sometimes in life we just have to accept and get on with it as I do not like monopolies either. How hard it is to clean the airport toilet, manage air-traffic, mop and polish the floors, manage some tenants.
The harder part is to compete for customers but this is apparently not the job of Malaysia Airport but Airasia, Malindo, Cathay Pacific etc. Of course, Malaysia Airport does pretty well in bringing in additional airlines but that is still easier as compared to what the airlines have to compete on.