PERTH: Plans are in the pipeline to build a third terminal building at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to handle the surge in the number of air travellers.
Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd (MAHB) would conduct a feasibility study on the proposed T3 project.
The study would take two to three years and MAHB would submit the findings to the Government for approval, he said.
“KLIA has almost reached its full capacity and we have to start planning for future expansion now,’’ Aziz told Malaysian journalists on the Malindo Air inaugural flight from Perth-Kuala Lumpur recently.
He said KLIA was built in 1993 and completed in 1998, with the capacity to handle 25 million passengers yearly.
Last year, the airport handled about 23 million air travellers.
Aziz said MAHB had already identified the site for the new terminal but declined to give more details, adding that MAHB had enough land within KLIA for future expansion.
He said the T3 project would complement the existing two terminals at KLIA.
Upon completion of T3, all the three terminals would be able to handle about 100 million passengers yearly, he added.
“Malaysia has the capacity to become a regional aviation hub, and the T3 project will help us to achieve the target,” he said.
He said KLIA and KLIA2 were not competing but complementing each other, as KLIA catered to full-fledged airlines and KLIA2 to low-cost carriers respectively.
Aziz said prospects for the aviation industry were good, especially in Asean, India and China, while improvements in air connectivity in the region would attract more tourists to Malaysia.
He also said MAHB would take proactive measures to improve facilities for passengers using KLIA2.
Aziz said KLIA2 was not the only airport in the world where travellers had to “walk a distance to start their journey or arrive” into Malaysia due to the size of the airport.
“There are other airports in Europe and the Middle East where passengers have to walk to catch their flights and they are not complaining,” he added.