klia2's new RM3m processing centre to cut time by 66% for domestic flights

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KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 18): The construction of a new dedicated RM3 million processing centre at klia2 in Sepang is almost 50% complete, says Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB).

The processing centre, which was kicked off last October, is expected to be operational by May this year.

In a statement, MAHB said the processing centre encompasses customs and immigration clearance that will significantly reduce the time taken by departing airline crew to reach the boarding gates.

"For domestic flights, the time is reduced by 66%, while for international flights, the crew can save more than 40% of the time to reach the gates, compared to current, with the dedicated processing centre," the airport operator added.

This is made possible because the dedicated processing centre will enable the crew to bypass the terminal building to get to the designated departure gates directly.

“We are continuously providing support in all ways possible to our airline partners, as we firmly believe in working together to achieve a single vision, and that is to make Kuala Lumpur a leading hub in the region," said MAHB group chief executive officer Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin.

The processing centre is expected to benefit AirAsia Group Bhd as the largest tenant of klia2. 

“In fact, with the enhanced turn-around time, AirAsia has proposed new flight schedules which may increase their flight frequency by up to 18 flights per week for some of its current routes,” Raja Azmi said.

He added that last year, klia2 handled 31 million passengers, up 5.3% from the previous year.