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Kota Kinabalu airport re-opens for night flights

Published on Oct 27, 2012 11:22 AM

KOTA KINABALU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's second busiest airport resumed night operations around 10pm Friday with a dozen aircraft landing and taking off shortly after some of the runway lights were repaired.

Earlier, the runway of Kota Kinabalu International Airport had remained dark for a second straight night as engineers raced to install portable lights to allow planes to land and take off.

Airport authorities had sought the assistance of the Royal Malaysian Air Force which flew in a team to help install the temporary portable lights along the runway which were installed by 9.30pm.

Malaysia Airports Bhd and its engineers had been trying to figure out what triggered the runway lights to black out since 6.20pm on Thursday, leaving at least 4,000 passengers stranded with 40 flights cancelled, delayed or diverted. The runway was opened for flights in the morning but was shut down after 6.30pm yesterday due to failing light. "We do not know what caused the fault," said an airport official.