KLIA2 - Next Generation Hub for the low cost / full services carriers

What is KLIA2

The Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) is built to be Malaysia's Next Generation Hub - International Airport Hub - that allows seamless connectivity for both local and international low-cost plus full-service carriers.

The KLIA2 is built to cater for the explosive growth in low cost travel. It is designed to cater 45 million passengers a year, replacing the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) once it's ready. It is built with bigger capacity and superior facilities.

The new KLIA2 terminal is measured to be at least 257,000 sqm, with 60 gates, 8 remote stands, 80 aerobridges, plus a retail space of 32,000 sqm to accommodate 225 retail outlets.

Costing around 4 billion Malaysia Ringgit, the KLIA2 was scheduled to be opened on 28 June,2013. Due to construction delay, the new KLIA2 terminal is officially opened on 2 May 2014.

Check out the KLIA2 layout plan.

Comparison Between KLIA, LCCT and KLIA2

KLIA2 layout plan

Passenger Capacity (yearly)
KLIA 25 million
LCCT 15 million
KLIA2 45 million

Runway Access
KLIA Runway 1 and 2 at KLIA
LCCT Runway 1 and 2 at KLIA
KLIA2 4Km runway 3 with a 2.2Km separation from Runway 2

Passenger Comfort (capacity / floor space)
KLIA 52 pax per sqm
LCCT 234 pax per sqm
KLIA2 124 pax per sqm

Car Park (lots)
KLIA 6,208 (covered) & 5,509 (uncovered)
LCCT 3,000 (uncovered) with expansion
KLIA2 6000 (covered)

Terminal Size (sqm)
KLIA 479,404
LCCT 64,067
KLIA2 257,000

Retail Space (sqm)
KLIA 19,425
LCCT 8,898
KLIA2 32,000 (estimated)

KLIA About RM10 Billion
LCCT RM300 Million (terminal cost only)
KLIA2 RM4 Billion (estimated)

What is the cost

The opening of the controversial hybrid airport has been delayed five times from its initial target in September 2011 and has since saw its initial budget of RM1.6 billion skyrocketed to RM4 billion*. The final cost of the project will be revealed when the project is completed and finalized. The MAHB will compile everything in a report and pass it to Transport minister once it is ready.

Date & Event
  • Jul 2007, KLIA2 would cost RM1.7 billion. This was announced by then-Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat.
  • Nov 2011, KLIA2 cost more than doubled compared to 2007 at RM3.9 billion according to Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB).
  • Jul 2012, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said KLIA2 cost had escalated to RM5 billion. But authorities denied the figure.
  • Oct 2012, KLIA2 cost had increased to RM4 billion, Transport Minister Abdul Rahim Bakri told the parliament.
  • Feb 9, 2014, Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Karpawi, the chief of Special Cabinet Taskforce on KLIA2 confirmed Hishamuddin’s statement that the cost would not exceed RM4 billion.
  • Mar 31, 2014, Abdul Aziz admitted to The Edge Financial Daily that the cost of KLIA2 airport is more than RM4 billion.
  • June 10, 2014, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said the construction of the Kuala Lumpur international airport 2 (KLIA2) is among Malaysia's best achievements in the global arena because the cost only entailed RM3.92 billion and it was completed in four years unlike other similar terminals elsewhere.
  • July 25, 2014, The total cost for building the mega-hybrid airport KLIA2, which began operations on May 2, is RM4.5 billion which ballooned from the last capped budget of RM4 billion.

Where is KLIA2

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Location of KLIA2
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Address of KLIA2
Terminal KLIA2,
KL International Airport, Jalan KLIA 2/1,
64000 KLIA, Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia.
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Located less than 2km away from KLIA, The KLIA2 links the low-cost carrier and legacy airline passengers together for a seamless transit to any destination worldwide. A new Express Rail Link extension is constructed to connect KLIA to KLIA2.

As a potential major hub in the Asia Pacific, KLIA2 is multiplying its routes to various international and domestic destinations.

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KLIA2 Road map and location

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When is KLIA ready

KLIA2 Construction work

KLIA2 starts on 31 August 2010.

The KLIA2 terminal is scheduled to open on 2 May 2014.

The KLIA2 is built to cater for the explosive growth in low cost travel. The KLIA2 terminal was first designed to cater 30 million passengers a year, measured about 150,000 sqm, and was scheduled to complete in April 2012 for 2 billion Malaysia Ringgit. See pictures of design.

During its construction phase, the KLIA2 terminal is revised to 257,000 sqm, a 71% increase, with the capacity to cater up to 45 million passengers a year. The cost is increased to 3.6 billion Malaysia Ringgit, and it is rescheduled to open in May 2013. See pictures of construction.

Being built at a cost around 4 billion Malaysia Ringgit, the KLIA2 was scheduled to be opened in 28 June, 2013. But due to construction delay, the new KLIA2 terminal is now being scheduled to be opened on 2 May 2014.

Major Upgrades in Specifications

Terminal Building
Provisional (Feb' 09): RM2 Billion GFA - 150,000 m2
Revised: RM3.6 - 3.9 Billion GFA - 257,000 m2
Increase in Scope (%) +71.3%

Aircraft Stands
Provisional (Feb' 09): RM2 Billion Area - 500,000 m2, 50 semi contact stands
Revised: RM3.6 - 3.9 Billion Area - 803,709 m2, 68 gates & 8 remote stands, (80 aerobridges)
Increase in Scope (%) +60.7%

Runway 3, Taxiway Pavement & AGL System
Provisional (Feb' 09): RM2 Billion Code C, Length 2.50km, Width 45m
Revised: RM3.6 - 3.9 Billion Code E, Length 3.96km, Width 60m
Increase in Scope (%) +64.7% (Area)

DCA Facilities
Provisional (Feb' 09): RM2 Billion Apron Control Tower, Height 77m
Revised: RM3.6 - 3.9 Billion Air Traffic Control Tower, Height 93m
Increase in Scope (%) +20.8% (Height)
+115.4% (Nav. Aids)

Provisional (Feb' 09): RM2 Billion Area - 4.85 mil m2
Revised: RM3.6 - 3.9 Billion Area - 11.19 mil m2
Increase in Scope (%) +130.7%

Public Infrastructure
Provisional (Feb' 09): RM2 Billion Length: 8km with 1.5 km elevated road
Revised: RM3.6 - 3.9 Billion Length: 15km with 5.4 km elevated road
Increase in Scope (%) +87.5%


Chronology of Events

  • 2009, Sime Darby and AirAsia proceed with proposed LCCT project in Labu. Project later canceled.
  • 2009, First request from AirAsia to separate runway to 2.5km.
  • 2010, Earthworks at KLIA2 begin and contractors appointed.
  • Jun 2011, AirAsia requested to change semi-automated baggage handling system (BHS) to a fully automated BHS. At this juncture, 40% of the project had been completed as per October 2012 deadline and changes would cause delay to the project.
  • Sep 2011, MAHB starts project management at KLIA2.
  • Sep 2011, First completion date.
  • Nov 2011, KLIA2 plan upgraded to cater to 45 million passengers. Cost up to RM4 billion.
  • Apr 2012, Second completion date.
  • Apr 2012, UEM request one year to make the necessary changes.
  • Oct 2012, AirAsia says will shift to KLIA2 once completed.
  • Oct 2012, Third completion date.
  • Nov 2012, UEM and Bina Puri Holdings raised cash flow issue. MAHB paid RM190 million for 65% of work done and advanced RM80 million to expedite completion of KLIA.
  • Jan 2013, UEM ask six more weeks to complete the project and commit delivery on May 1.
  • Apr 2013, Immigration department request additional counters from 35 to 80.
  • 1 May 2013, Fourth completion date.
  • 28 Jun 2013, Fifth completion date.
  • 2 May 2014, Sixth completion date.

Recent news about KLIA2


What about LCCT

24 July, 2014, MAHB to convert LCCT into a cargo warehouse.

9 May, 2014, LCCT officially closes as KLIA2 takes over.

6 April, 2014, With flight operations at KLIA2 beginning on May 2, the current low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) will be closed on May 9, 2014. Read more on MAHB: KLIA2 has everything AirAsia asked for

13 July, 2010, The Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang will be converted into a cargo terminal once the construction of a new terminal for low cost flights is completed, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, read more on LCCT will be turned into cargo terminal.

2 February, 2008, Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd is considering turning the existing Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) into a cargo transportation hub when the new LCCT is ready in the next three to four years, according to managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad, read more on LCCT may become cargo hub when new terminal is up.

Check out Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

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