KL Air Traffic Control Centre Complex to be main coordination hub for search and rescue, says Dr Wee

PETALING JAYA: Once completed, the KL Air Traffic Control Centre Complex (KL ATCCC) will be the main coordination hub for search and rescue efforts, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The Transport Minister said that the KL ATCCC, which was borne as a result of lessons from air tragedies such as the ill-fated MH370 flight in 2014, will greatly improve air travel safety and security once operational.

Dr Wee, who previewed the KL ATCCC on Friday (Aug 7), said that with the state-of-the-art complex, Malaysia is set to have the world’s most advanced technologies in Communications, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management to manage and monitor its air sectors.

“The new control centre means that the KL International Airport (KLIA) itself will be able to improve from handling 78 aircraft movements per hour to 108.

“The current centre in Subang's Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport had been operating since 1995.

“It's time to upgrade our air traffic control systems as part of the transformation programme of the nation, ” said Dr Wee in a Facebook post on Friday (Aug 7).

He said that KL ATCCC still needed further user acceptance testing, staff training and other matters in the operational readiness and transfer plan before the shift from Subang could be made.

“The government will announce the transfer once ready, ” he added.

Earlier, Dr Wee was given a briefing by Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) deputy chief executive officer for operations Noor Izhar Bahrin.

Joining Dr Wee to preview KL ATCCC were CAAM chairman Datuk Mohd Khairil Adib Abd Rahman, CAAM CEO Captain Chester Voo and Transport Ministry secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak.

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