KLIA main terminal at design and consultancy stage, expansion plan next

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said the main terminal of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is currently undergoing the design and consultancy stage, before proceeding with its expansion plan.

MAHB managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said the cost of the design is “sizeable” because it is a running airport. The good news, he added, is that there is space to do the expansion.

“We initially launched the tender on the design and consultancy portion of the expansion. After that is done, then we will know the exact amount for the budget,” he told reporters on the sidelines of Invest Malaysia 2017 in Kuala Lumpur today.

He added there are plans to consider expanding the contact pier and the airport operator would only know the expansion budget once the final design phase is completed.

“We do not have to reconfigure other existing operations to cater for the expansion. The question is whether we want to go full-blown or start in phases. These are things that we will come to a decision on when the report comes out,” he said.

Badlisham noted that MAHB is not in a hurry as there is a remote parking opportunity that can be done.

“We do not need any capital expenditure (capex). It is just about scheduling. Airlines would like to know our long-term plan. Even if we commit to physical expansion, it would take a couple of years,” he said.

Badlisham said although there are many designs configurations, the whole master plan at KLIA currently accommodates about 75 million passengers per annum, which would allow it to increase up to 150 million and beyond, almost double.

“The contact pier depends on how far we want to extend the configuration but we estimate it will give us an additional up to five to six million passengers to the current. If the configuration comes with the remote parking then we can certainly do a lot more,” he said.

Source : New Straits Times

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