KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd
(MAHB) is looking to develop a new terminal within the next five years as the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the adjacent KLIA2 are running at maximum capacity.
Managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said the airport operator would improve baggage handling and other systems to cater to an additional three to five million passengers at the two airports.
“We are looking at the new terminal to be called KLIA3 at the borders of runway three and four. We have to make a decision and build within the next five years,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the groundbreaking ceremony of Senior Aerospace UPECA’s facility here yesterday.
KLIA recorded 58.5 million passengers in 2017, up 11.2% over 2016. KLIA Main Terminal handled 10.7% more passengers at 28.2 million compared with 2016, while KLIA2 handled 30.3 million passengers, a growth of 11.6% over 2016.
It was reported that the passenger traffic had exceeded the KLIA’s designed capacity by more than 2% while other airports, such as the Subang Airport, were grappling with over 200% utlisation.