Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd. (MAHB) has announced plans to expand the Kuala Lumpur airport with the arrival of a third terminal in the next five years.
This decision came with the rapidly growing passenger traffic which the existing two terminals, the main terminal and KLIA2, does not have the capacity to keep up with.
According to news website The Star Online, last year, the airport handled 58.5 million passengers last year, an increase of 11.2 per cent from 2016. The main terminal and KLIA2 handled 10.7 per cent more passengers and 11.6 per cent more passengers from 2016 respectively.
Quoting MAHB chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, New Straits Times reported that the airport has reserved 60 per cent of the KLIA land for the airport expansion.
“We have committed to some investments involving baggage handling systems, which could increase passenger capacity of about five million passengers without the need to build a new terminal,” he added.