MAHB looking to expand KLIA main terminal, not building KLIA3

By RAHIMI YUNUS / Pic By TMR

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is looking to expand Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s (KLIA) main terminal in the next five years to cater to the growing number of passengers, instead of building a new terminal “KLIA3” as reported by the media.

The airport operator referred to multiple reports by the media yesterday, citing that the company was going to build a new terminal called KLIA3 within five years.

“The airport as a whole still has ample capacity to cater to immediate future traffic growth. However, the 20-year old KLIA main terminal is already nearing its capacity of 30 million passengers per annum (mppa). As such, plans are already underway to upgrade and expand this terminal,” MAHB clarified in a statement yesterday.

Last year, KLIA registered 58.6 million passenger traffic movements for a combined capacity of 75 mppa.

The expansion and upgrade will increase efficiency and facilities such as boarding gates and apron parking. As for the main terminal, it will add the traffic capacity of between 15 million and 20 million more passengers.

Apart from the terminal, the baggage handling system as well as the Aerotrain will also be ungraded.

“At the moment, we are committed to invest in upgrades and expansions of the current terminals to increase capacity. Then only can we talk about a brand new terminal — KLIA3, but that is decades away,” MAHB added.

The International Air Transport Association projected 7.8 billion travellers by 2036, with the majority coming from the Asia-Pacific region.