Malaysia Airports Holdings (MAHB) has awarded a 291 million ringgit ($87 million) contract to construct a runway and taxiways at the new low-cost terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Malaysian construction company Gadang Holdings and its joint venture partner Bukit Jerneh Quarry won the contract, which "comprises site preparation, earthworks and main drainage for Runway 3 and its associated taxiways", says Gadang. The works are expected to be completed on 18 December, it adds.

The airport operator had earlier awarded a 363 million ringgit contract to construction firm WCT to carry out site preparation, earthworks and main drainage for the low-cost terminal.

The new terminal is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2011. It will be able to handle 30 million passengers a year, with potential for expansion to 45 million passengers.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news