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Aviation Infrastructure in Malaysia

The increasing demand for air travel in Malaysia has given rise to the growth of new routes in Asia. The developments of strategic alliances and higher tourist influx have contributed to the increase in the volume of passengers in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The numbers of passengers and aircraft activities have seen a continuous increase. Aviation has brought positive developments to Malaysia.
Efficient aviation system improves business competition. Malaysia’s move to decrease landing fees at KLIA by half for two years will help maintain the airport’s competitiveness and support tourism and international business. It highlights the fact that competitive costs steer traffic and fuel economy activities.  There has been a decision to spotlight the efforts on building a strong KLIA hub. The government discarded the plan to build a second low cost airport in support of expanding KLIA.
The four pillar strategy of technology investment, well-organized infrastructure, effective operations, and positive economic assessment is giving results. Aviation’s carbon foot-print will reduce by 4.5% in 2009. Out of this, 2.5% is from capacity reductions. The rest 2% is a result of efficiency gains from four pillar strategy. A single market containing ownership liberalisation by 2015 can be a major management step forward.
Malaysia Airports Berhad manages most of the airports in Malaysia. The company was lately honoured the duty to manage airports in international destinations. Malaysia Airports Berhad was started in 1991 after the Parliament passed a bill to split the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) into two groups with different areas of responsibilities. DCA is the authority for airports and aviation industry in the country, while Malaysia Airports focuses on the operation, management, and maintenance of airports. 

The chief airport is the KLIA. KLIA is the outcome of the strategy to cater to the needs of the new large aircraft and traffic demand. The airport uses modern technology in management called Total Airport Management Systems (TAMS). TAMS contains more than 40 systems and airport functions like air traffic management, baggage handling, check-in, and flight information display. Malaysia Airports has a training centre near Penang International Airport. It was formed to meet the training needs of all the personnel of Malaysia Airports. The facility is also used for security related programs organised by International Civil Aviation Organisation. Apart from this, the training centre also provides expertise on safety matters related to aviation.

Last Updated on: 20-11-2009

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