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Main Terminal Building Satellite Building

Designed to be a regional hub, the KLIA is built with features that allow flexibility for future expansion, well into the next century. The development of KLIA Sepang is to be implemented in three phases:

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PHASE 1 (1998 - 2003)

Scheduled to be completed in 1998 and to be operational in June 1998. Phase 1 calls for the construction of facilities to handle 25 million passengers (about 80 flights per hour) and 1.2 million tonnes of cargo per annum. The major facilities to be constructed include 

Sixty contact piers, 20 remote parking bays with 80 aircraft parking positions, one mega terminal, one satellite, two runways and other facilities will be made available to accommodate a throughput of 25 million passengers per annum.

The runways will be on a staggered configuration 2535m apart to allow for simultaneous operation. The runways will be equipped with Category II navigational and lighting aids and will be  complemented by a taxiway system for the efficient and expeditious flow of aircraft on the ground.

The terminal building, designated to allow for its expansion for the next two phases. All domestic, Singapore and mixed flights will be served from a pier connected to the main terminal, while all other international flights will be served by a four-armed satellite building located in the main parking apron. An automated people-mover shuttle system will link the terminal and the satellite building. This system is designed for a maximum waiting time of five minutes.

PHASE 2 (2003 - 2008)

To handle 35 million passengers per annum by 2008.

PHASE 3 (2008 & beyond)

Further expansion of the airport to handle 45 million passengers per annum by 2012.

There is sufficient land and capacity to develop facilities to handle up to 100 million passengers a year, four runways by the year 2020 and two mega-terminals, each with two linked satellite buildings.

Once all three phases are developed, the airport's backyard will include hiking trails for jet-lagged travelers, golf courses, a theme park, a shopping center, hotels, a wetlands nature preserve, and a track to host the 1999 Formula-One motorbike racing championship.

For hi-tech motor enthusiasts a Formula One Race Track is being constructed and the first race is scheduled for 1999. The track will cater for an array of other activities throughout the year including four wheel track, go kart and rally racing. There will also be facilities for advanced driving skills.


An Imperial Airways' Armstrong Whitley Atlanta aircraft 'Aurora', which landed at Sungai Besi Airfield, Kuala Lumpur, was probably the first commercial aircraft of an international service to use the aerodrome. The Sungai Besi Airfield (originally an old tin tailing mine covered by grass) was one of the two airstrips located in Selangor, the other being at Port Sweetenham (now Port Klang).

Improvement of the Sungai Besi Airfield which was commissioned as an all-purpose landing ground, ".... a conditioned area 600 yards by 800 yards oriented approximately North East-South West " and was licensed for light and medium aircraft "up to a gross weight of 5,500 lbs."

1 Aug 1948
Expansion of the Kuala Lumpur Airport at Sungai Besi.

(The Terminal building was for many years an atap shed. Communications equipment were unreliable and often aircraft landed without traffic control! Biggest aircraft used then was DC-3).

Old Airport at Sungai Besi
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (1948) at Sungai Besi

Late 1959
Proposal to construct the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at Subang mooted.

30 Aug 1965
Official opening of the RM52 million Kuala Lumpur International Airport at Subang by Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Dipertuan Agong, Tuanku Syed Putra Ibni al Marhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail.

Subang International Airport
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (1965) at Subang

Introduction of Primary Radar for air traffic control in Kuala Lumpur.

3 Apr 1982
Launching ceremony for the first MAS B747 at Terminal 2, Subang-Kuala Lumpur by the Prime Minister.

16 Apr 1982
Terminal 1 Subang-Kuala Lumpur closed for renovation.

1 Jun 1983
Terminal 1 Subang-Kuala Lumpur opened for operations.

Interim development of Subang-Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 1 to accommodate larger aircraft.

1Dec 1989
Reopening of Terminal 2, Subang-Kuala Lumpur International Airport for domestic services.

Jul 1991
Announcement of the proposal plan to construct the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang.

29 May 1993
Establishment of Kuala Lumpur International Airport Berhad (KLIA Bhd), a corporate body wholly-owned by the Government to oversee and manage the construction of the new Kuala Lumpur International Airport at Sepang, Selangor.

16 Dec 1993
Opening of Terminal 3, Subang-Kuala Lumpur International Airport and closing of Terminal 2 for refurbishment (expected to be ready by the end of 1994).

(On completion of the Subang-Kuala Lumpur Interim Development, Terminal 1 will be designated for international traffic; Terminal 2, Singapore shuttle; and Terminal 3, domestic).

1 Jan 1994
Formation of Malaysia Airports (Niaga) Sdn. Bhd. (MAN), a subsidiary of MAB, to participate in duty free retail operations at Subang-Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

15 Jan 1995
Reopening of Terminal 2 for Kuala Lumpur / Singapore shuttle flights by MAS and SIA.

27 Jun 1998

Sepang International Airport
Sepang was ablaze with lights on the night of June 27, 1998

KL International Airport, Sepang was lauched by the King, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Ja'afar. It was a moment of reckoning as the new airport, sparkling like a fairyland and visible from as far as 15kms away, beckoned the 1500 spectators who came to witness its opening.

16 Sept 1998

The Bunga Raya Complex, named after Malaysia's national flower, was opened by the Yang DiPertuan Agong, Tuanku Ja'afar. Built at a cost of RM80 million, the complex boasts a reception hall, private VVIP suites, a multi-function room and a media briefing room.

19 Sept 1998

Transport Minister Dato' Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik, officially launched the second runway at the KL International Airport. With this RM 136 million runway in full operation, KLIA now offers simultaneous landings and take-offs, thus speeding up the growth for tourism and commerce in this country.

Before the Advent of the second runway, KLIA could only accommodate 40 to 45 aircraft per hour. Now it can handle 65 to 67 planes on a segregated mode, in which one runway is used solely for arrivals, the other for departures and approximately 90 to 100 planes in mixed mode every hour. This runway is 4000m long and 60 m wide and allows for all types of aircraft without payload restriction. As it is fitted with state-or-the-art aeronautical ground lighting, aircraft can land in all weather conditions.

As with all KLIA endeavours, it is envisioned that the latest service will establish the airport as a regional leader in air transportation.

20 Sept 1998

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip arrived via the modern KL International Airport for the Kuala Lumpur 98 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony. She was one of the first guests of the new Bunga Raya VVIP Complex.

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