Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) has completed construction of a third runway at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
A Malindo Air Boeing 737-900ER aircraft landed on the runway, as part of a trial landing on 7 October, says MAHB. The 3,960m (13,000ft) runway will be able to accommodate aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and Antonov An-225 Freighter.
This also means the runway will be ready for the launch of the KLIA2 terminal, which has suffered several rounds of delays.
Malaysia’s acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein adds that the overall construction works of the project is 94% completed. The terminal will undergo operational readiness and airport transfer on 30 April 2014, with passenger operations to commence on 2 May 2014.
Its latest completion and opening dates are almost a year later than the previous timelines indicated – 15 and 28 June 2013 respectively.
The M$4 billion ($1.25 billion) development includes a terminal capable of handling 45 million passengers annually with 68 boarding gates. The third runway and a new control tower being built opposite the existing facilities at KLIA will allow the airport to cope with the growth from low-cost carriers in the coming years.