KLIA aerotrain replacement program finalized in 2025 – MAHB

KLIA aerotrain replacement program finalized in 2025 – MAHB

SEPANG: The ‘aerotrain’ replacement program at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is expected to be completed by 2025, said Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB).

Managing Director Datuk Iskandar Mizal Mahmood said the program includes nine ‘aerotrains’ worth about RM700 million and will be implemented in two phases involving design and construction works.

“The new aerotrain will have robust systems, a flexible design for future growth and new features for greater comfort.

“It can carry 90 passengers per carriage, 270 passengers per train set and 5,400 passengers per hour.

“The design work that started in March 2022 and will run until March 2023, means when the involvement of various stakeholders is carried out to ensure that this new aerotrain system meets local and international transport and safety standards, while the construction of the new aerotrain will start from March 2023 to March 2025,” he said in a media briefing here on Monday.

Iskandar said that during the three-year transition period, the ‘aerotrain’ will now run on a limited schedule to allow for a more robust maintenance regime due to its aging condition, in addition to facilitating the replacement programme.

An improved bus service is being implemented to facilitate the movement of passengers between the main terminal building and the satellite building at KLIA.

“We ask for the public’s understanding and patience for the time being because there will be some challenges for passengers.

“To minimize any inconvenience, we have improved the bus service to facilitate the movement of passengers,” he said.

Asked why MAHB decided to start the replacement program this year and not earlier, Iskandar said it was not an easy decision to make given the many processes to go through.

“We need to hear from every stakeholder, we need to make sure that the technology chosen is the right technology.

“We also need to determine that the financing model is the best model,” he said.

Iskandar said in line with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecast that the total number of passengers will exceed the pre-pandemic level of four billion in 2024, MAHB is ready to handle the strong passenger demand at KLIA through the ‘aerotrain’ replacement programme.

Meanwhile, MAHB Chairman Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir said the current ‘aerotrain’ system has been in operation for the past 24 years, when KLIA opened in 1998.

“We are not just replacing trains but the entire runway system so that passengers can experience a modern, renewed aerotrain service when they travel through the airport.

“This will also enhance KLIA’s reputation as one of the best airports in the world,” he said.

source – BERNAMA


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