SEPANG: Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd (MAHB) has clarified that the airport operator is not in the midst of building a new airport terminal (klia3) but rather upgrading and expanding the current terminals capacity.
In a statement clarifying matter, MAHB managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said there has been a misunderstanding with regard to news reports today on KLIA3.
The statement on KLIA3, which was made by Badlisham during the ground breaking ceremony of Senior Aerospace facility at Subang Aerotech Park on Tuesday, was claimed to have been misquoted.
"Datuk Badlisham was referring to 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 on March 14, 2018,” MAHB said in a statement issued yesterday.
KLIA currently has a combined capacity of 75 million per annum (mppa). In 2017, the terminal 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.” It clarified.
According to Badlisham, MAHB is still decades away from adding another new terminal to the KLIA airport system.
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”,” it explained further.