Malaysia will be building a new ringgit (M$) 700 million ($223 million) air traffic management centre at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
The centre will have a new air traffic control management system, allowing aircraft movements to increase from 68 to 108 per hour on three runways, Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a speech announcing the country’s budget for 2014.
Once the much-delayed KLIA2 terminal begins operations from May 2014, passenger numbers are expected to increase to more than 70 million. In the first seven months of 2013, passenger numbers at airports nationwide rose from 38.6 million to 43.9 million, while cargo tonnage rose to 529,000t.
The government will also allocate M$312 million for the upgrade of five airports in the states of Sabah – Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan – and Sarawak – Miri, Sibu and Mukah, all of which are located in east of Malaysia. The passenger terminals of Langkawi and Kuantan airports will also be upgraded.
A timeline for the upgrades, however, was not mentioned.