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KLIA main terminal expansion and systems upgrade are slated in next five years, not KLIA3

KUALA LUMPUR, January 05, 2017 : MAHB managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali during Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) Businesses Update and 2018 Outlook at Damansara. (Pic by Afif Abd Halim/TMR)


SEPANG – We wish to clarify on a misunderstanding with regard to news reports today on KLIA3. The statement made by Managing Director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali (picture) during the ground breaking ceremony of Senior Aerospace facility at Subang Aerotech Park yesterday was misquoted. Datuk Badlisham was referring to the KLIA Main Terminal expansion, modification and systems upgrade that are being planned and slated to be built in the next 5 years. There are no immediate plans to build a third terminal for KL International Airport (KLIA) as stated by several leading newspapers today (14 March 2018).

KLIA currently has a combined capacity of 75 mppa and in 2017 it had registered 58.6 million passenger traffic movements. This means that the airport as a whole still has ample capacity to cater for immediate future traffic growth.

However, the 20-year old KLIA Main Terminal is already nearing its capacity of 30 mppa. As such, plans are already underway to upgrade and expand this terminal so that it can add further capacity of between 15 to 20 million more passengers. Facilities that have been identified to undergo enhancements and upgrading are the baggage handling system and the Aerotrain. The existing terminal building will be expanded and modified to increase the efficiency and facilities such as boarding gates and apron parking. These upgrades and expansion will be completed within the next five years. 

According to Badlisham, we are still decades away from adding another new terminal to the KLIA airport system. At the interview he said  “The KLIA Masterplan allocates ample land and can cater for more midfield terminals for KLIA and klia2 as well as another runway in the future. At the moment we are committed to invest in upgrades and expansion of the current terminals to increase capacity. Then only we can talk about a brand new terminal – KLIA3, but that is decades away”.