PETALING JAYA: Several flights departing from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) have been rerouted while others had been delayed due to bad weather conditions.
According to a statement by Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB), four flights scheduled to land at KLIA were rerouted to other airports due to bad weather while 12 flight arrivals and seven flight departures at the International Airport 2 (KLIA2) were delayed.
Two airplanes were diverted to the Penang International Airport and another two at Senai International Airport in Johor.
In an additional statement, Malaysia Airlines said “Malaysia Airlines flights MH723/725 on 13 Dec experienced some delay due to operational constraints. The inbound flight operating the Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta sector was delayed because of the adverse weather in Kuala Lumpur. This also affected the crew flight duty period, in which the crew had already exceeded their permitted flying hours.
Safety is of utmost importance to Malaysia Airlines and the airline regrets any inconvenience caused."
Meanwhile, the Star received a phone call from a distressed passenger who declined to be named claiming to be on board a flight bound for Mumbai, India.
The caller said that passengers on the flight had been forced to sit on board the plane for three hours before it was announced that their flight had been cancelled.
According to the passenger, no official from Malaysia Airlines was present to give instructions to passengers who became confused and upset.
Some passengers had reported on social media that flights were delayed by as much as three to four hours.