Malaysia's new budget terminal KLIA2 opened on May 2, 2014, hailed as the start of Malaysia's journey to become a global aviation hub. Here are 5 things about KLIA2.
Workers at the under construction low-cost carrier terminal at KLIA2. -- PHOTO: AFP
It costs RM4 billion (S$1.53 billion) and is visioned to become Malaysia’s International Airport Hub that allows seamless connectivity for both local and international low-cost as well as full-service carriers.
Staff of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) going down an escalator at the under construction low-cost carrier terminal at KLIA2. -- PHOTO: AFP
It is at least 257,000 square metres - equivalent to 24 football fields.
It has 60 gates, 8 remote stands, 80 aero-bridges, a third runway as well as a new air traffic control tower dubbed Tower West.
It also has a built-in retail space of 32,000 sq m, which can accommodate 225 retail outlets.
This picture taken on April 12, 2014 shows a tractor passing under a skybridge at the under construction low-cost carrier terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) in Sepang outside Kuala Lumpur. -- PHOTO: AFP
Located less than 2km away from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), it is accessible via six highways.
A Express Rail Link extension connects KLIA to KLIA2.
Passengers of Cebu Pacific Air to Manila queue to cheking in at KLIA2 on May 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
It is able to handle up to 45 million passengers annually. Over 7,000 passengers are expected to fly in and out of the airport daily for the initial phase of the operations. This number is expected to increase to 50,000 from May 9.
A man walks in front of a flight board at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) in Sepang April 30, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Airlines now operating out of KLIA2 are Malindo Air, Cebu Pacific Airways, Lion Air and Tiger Air. Its anchor tenant AirAsia is expected to move in by May 9.