KUALA LUMPUR: The baggage handling system at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport will be modified to allow bags from international flights to reach the check-out carousel in the main terminal building in 10mins.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik said the current system was not that well designed, resulting in baggage taking around 17mins to get from the satellite building to the carousel.
Consultants are working on how to modify the system to reduce the baggage journey time, he told reporters after the announcement and prize-giving ceremony for the KLIA Ekspres' one millionth passenger at the Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal (KL CAT) in KL Sentral yesterday.
Passengers took around 11 minutes to get to the baggage carousel after leaving the plane and the longer time taken for their bags to do the same journey caused delays.
The problem does not affect domestic passengers because passengers arrive at the main terminal building. When they walk to the carousel, their bags are already there, he added.
He declined to say when the new system would be completed.
Only after the modification is done can the check-out facilities for the KLIA Ekspres be implemented, he added.
KLIA Ekspres, which is operated by Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd, is a fast train service which runs between KL Sentral and KLIA, and was supposed to offer both check-in and check-out facilities at KL CAT.
At the moment, only check-in facilities for Malaysia Airlines flights are available.
On the two incidents of the baggage system breaking down last month which resulted in several flight delays, Dr Ling said engineers had got to the bottom of the problem.
It was earlier reported that straps from bags was the cause of the system breakdown.
When asked when airlines other than Malaysia Airlines would offer check-in facilities at KL CAT, ERLSB executive chairman Datuk Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh said cost was the major factor. He believed they would implement such facilities when they saw the system gaining popularity.
During the ceremony, interior furnishing company manager Ishak Mohamed was named the millionth passenger. He won a 0.6ha piece of land in Nusa Dusun Orchard Resort in Kuala Linggi, Malacca, and a holiday for two in Vienna, Austria.