by TMR/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
THE third runway at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is now fully rehabilitated after undergoing comprehensive maintenance works under the Runway Sustainability Master Plan (RSMP), Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said.
MAHB group CEO Datuk Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh (picture) said despite aggressive cost-containment measures undertaken in light of the Covid-19 impact to the aviation industry, the airport operator proceeded with mission-critical investments such as the replacement of ageing assets and runway rehabilitation works.
“We will never compromise on the safety aspects of airport operations. Now more than ever, we have to be able to reassure the travelling public that air travel is safe,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Mohd Shukrie added that the completion of rehabilitation works on Runway 3 is timely as there is a gradual increase in confidence on the safety of air travel.
“We are already seeing triple of the traffic numbers we saw in the preceding month.
“On top of ensuring the safety of flight operations, we have also invested in technology that can provide a contactless and sanitised airport environment so that our guests can have peace of mind when they need to travel,” he added.
Last month, MAHB said air travel in Malaysia showed further signs of recovery in the first nine days of July 2020 compared to June as the relaxation in travel restrictions continued for a second month.
Passenger and aircraft movements at the 39 airports managed by MAHB in Malaysia doubled with a daily average of 37,000 and 550 respectively, compared to a daily average of 18,650 and 290 in the last nine days of June, it said.
As Malaysia has not fully reopened its borders for international travel, these numbers mainly represent domestic traffic movements.
The movements are a positive sign of gradual recovery for the country’s aviation industry, Mohd Shukrie said last month.
Meanwhile, the RSMP is a vital framework in ensuring the continued safety of flight operations at KLIA.
“We will also be starting the second phase of the RSMP where works on Runway 1 will begin in November 2020 onwards,” the CEO added.
The rehabilitation works of Runway 3 mainly involved overlaying works and improving the runway pavement drainage.
To ensure smooth flight operations at all times, MAHB had conducted regular engagement sessions with all stakeholders such as the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), airline partners and ground handlers operating at KLIA. Immediately upon the completion of maintenance works, the CAAM had conducted calibration and inspection works to assess infrastructure readiness and ensure that the runway meets all international safety and regulatory guidelines for flight operations.