The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) comprises of three main buildings - the Main Terminal Building, the Contact Pier, and the Satellite Building. The KLIA is the primary airport serving Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding Klang Valley region.


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The KLIA is one of Asia's major aviation hubs and it was designed using the 'Airport in the Forest, Forest in the Airport' concept, in which it is surrounded by green space.


In 2017, the KLIA handled 58,554,627 passengers and 710,186 tonnes of cargo. It is the major hub of Malaysia Airlines, MASkargo, AirAsia, AirAsia X, Malindo Air, flyGlobal, UPS Airlines and AsiaCargo Express.

KLIA Layout Plan

The KLIA airport's site spans 100 square kilometres. The development plan includes the construction of Main Terminal and one Satellite Terminal, and two full service runways, sixty contact piers, twenty remote parking bays with eighty aircraft parking positions, and the ultimate capacity to handle 100 million passengers per year.

KLIA layout plan
Layout plan of Main Terminal Buiding, Contact Pier, and Satellite Building

The Main Terminal Building is located in between the two runways. The floor area of the terminal covers 390,000 square metres and the building consists of 39 square roof units. The Contact Pier is an extension of the main terminal building with gates marked with prefix A and B for Domestic departures, G and H for International flights.

Aerial view of KLIA Main Terminal Building and Contact Pier
Aerial view of KLIA Main Terminal Building and Contact Pier
The 176,000 square metres Satellite Building accommodates International flights departing and arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Passengers have to travel to the Satellite Building via the Aerotrain.

Aerial view of KLIA Satellite Building
Aerial view of KLIA Satellite Building


KLIA Main Terminal Building

The Main Terminal Building covers 390,000 square metres and the Departure Hall and Arrival Hall are located at this building. This abstract symbolic architecture by the late Kisho Kurokawa encompasses the Islamic geometry and cutting edge technology with the tropical rainforest in mind.

Aerial view of KLIA Main Terminal Building and Contact Pier
Aerial view of KLIA Main Terminal Building and Contact Pier
The five-storey Main Terminal Building provides comprehensive airport facilties and services for the convenience of the passengers.

KLIA layout plan (Departure Level)
KLIA layout plan (Departure Level), see larger version
The departure drop-off areas is located at level 5 of the Main Terminal Building.

Departure drop-off area at KLIA Main Terminal Building
Departure drop-off area at KLIA Main Terminal Building


Level 5, Main Terminal Building

The level 5 at the Main Terminal Building is the Departure Level at the KLIA. The following is a layout plan for level 5 of the MTB.

KLIA Main Terminal Building, Departure Level, Level 5
Level 5, Departure Level, Main Terminal Building

A total of 216 check-in counters, located in 6 different islands, identified by the letters A - M (excluding I).

Check-in counters area on Level 5 of KLIA Main Terminal Building
Check-in counters and luggage drop area on Level 5
Multi check-in services designed for the use of all passengers arriving, departing or in transit are available.

Check-in counters area and check-in kiosk available at Level 5
Check-in counters and check-in kiosk available at Level 5
The entrance for Departures is located almost the end of this building and you will use the escalator to go down one level for your boarding gate.

Entrance to International departures gates
Entrance to International departures gates, see more pictures of KLIA.
The passengers will walk toward the immigration and customs checkpoint for security clearance.

Concourse for departures gates
Concourse for departures gates
Proper document check is conducted at the Immigration counters before the passengers boarding their flight at the boarding gate.

Immigration counters at KLIA for documents check
Immigration counters at KLIA for documents check
Shortly after the document check at the Immigration counters, passengers will proceed to the customs checkpoint for security clearance.

Customs counters at KLIA
Customs counters at KLIA
And the Contact Pier is just a short walk away after the customs checkpoint. You will find the gates A, B, G, H at the Contact Pier.

Contact Pier at the KLIA
Contact Pier at the KLIA

Level 4, Main Terminal Building

The level 4 at the Main Terminal Building is allocated for Airlines' offices and a food court serving local favourites and international choices.

KLIA Main Terminal Building, Level 4
Level 4, Food court and airlines offices, Main Terminal Building

The public food court, known as Food Paradise, is available at this level for food and beverage.

Food paradise on Level 4, KLIA MTB
Food Paradise on Level 4
You can enjoy a good view of the facilties and services at the level 3 while dining at this level.

View of Level 3 from Level 4
View of Arrival Hall from Level 4


Level 3, Main Terminal Building

The level 3 at the Main Terminal Building is the Arrival Level at the KLIA. The following is a layout plan for this level 3.

KLIA Main Terminal Building, Arrival Level, Level 3
Level 3, Arrival Level, Main Terminal Building

After getting off from the flight, the passengers will then walk a short distance from the arriving gates , or take the Aerotrain from Satellite Building, to the centre of the Contact Pier.

Use the escalator to go down to the baggage reclaim area
Escalators for passengers to go down to the baggage reclaim area
For the passengers who are on schedule for flight transfer at KLIA, the Transfer counters are located at the Contact Pier for assistance.

Transfer counter at the Contact Pier
Transfer counter at the Contact Pier
Need a quick transfer to klia2 terminal? The information counter for help on transfer between klia2 and KLIA is available.

Information counter at the Contact Pier
Information counter at the Contact Pier
The Contact Pier is located on level 4 so arriving passengers will go down one level for connection to level 3 for security clearance and baggage reclaim.

Passengers walking to the baggage reclaim area
Passengers walking to the baggage reclaim area
Proper document check is conducted at the Immigration counters before the passengers exiting the terminal.

Immigration counters at the Arrival Hall
Immigration counters at the Arrival Hall
Passengers proceed to collect their luggage at the baggage reclaim area. A monitor is setup above each belt showing the flight served by the carousel.

Baggage reclaim area at KLIA
Baggage reclaim area at KLIA
On the way to the Arrival Hall, the ticketing counters for taxi services and train services are available for passengers who need a taxi to their next desination.

Ticketing counters for taxi and train services
Ticketing counters for taxi and train services
At the arrival hall you will find a useful Tourism Malaysia office, a Celcom stand and Digi kiosk selling prepaid SIM cards for your mobile phone and a counter for several car-rental firms.

KLIA Arrival Hall, Level 3
International arrival hall on Level 3, see more pictures of KLIA.
Various faculties and services are available at level 3 of the Main Terminal Buiding.

KLIA layout plan (Arrival Level)
KLIA layout plan (Arrival Level), see larger version

Level 2, Main Terminal Building

The level 2 at the Main Terminal Building is connected to the Car Park facility and the walkway to the Sama-Sama Hotel.

KLIA Main Terminal Building, Level 2
Level 2, connection to hotel & car park, Main Terminal Building

The car park facility is connected to level 2 of the Main Terminal Building.

Connection to the car park facility at level 2
Connection to the car park facility at level 2
Pedestrian bridge is available to connect passengers between the Main Terminal Building and the car park building.

Pedestrian bridge connecting parking bays and terminal building
Pedestrian bridge connecting parking bays and Terminal Building
Passengers who plan to use the ERL train service can follow the overhead signboard to go the boarding platforms of ERL train.

Signboard to ERL train station
Signboard to ERL train station
The KLIA ERL station is located on Level 1 of the Main Terminal Building. The station consists of a single island platform, with both KLIA Transit and KLIA Ekspres services using the opposing sides of the platform.

Escalator to go down to Level 1 for ERL train service
Escalator to go down to Level 1 for ERL train service


Level 1, Main Terminal Building

The level 1 of the Main Terminal Building houses the bus services and ERL train Services. For the ERL train services, you can opt for KLIA Transit or KLIA Ekspres train to go to your next destination.

KLIA Main Terminal Building, Level 1
Level 1, bus and train services, Main Terminal Building

The ticketing counters and boarding plaftorms for the KLIA ERL station is located at this level. The KLIA Ekspres train uses Platform A, while KLIA Transit train uses Platform B.

KLIA ERL station
KLIA ERL Station
The buses available at the KLIA bus station can accommodate travellers with convenient and affordable transportation option to different destinations.

Waiting area at KLIA Bus Station
Waiting area at KLIA Bus Station


KLIA Contact Pier

The Contact Pier is the rectangular-shaped terminal that is connected to the Main Terminal Building. It is an extension of the Main Terminal Building with gates designated with prefix A and B for Domestic departures, G and H for International flights.

Aerial view of KLIA Main Terminal Building and Contact Pier
Aerial view of KLIA Main Terminal Building and Contact Pier
The Contact Pier handles Domestic traffic, regional International flights and International flights routed to other hubs within Malaysia. At the north side of the Contact Pier, it can only accommodate narrow-bodied aircraft whereas the south side of the Contact Pier can accommodate Boeing 737 and Boeing 747 or similar sized aircraft.

Contact Pier at the KLIA
Contact Pier at the KLIA

Contact Pier, International Level

The Contact Pier is the rectangular-shaped terminal that is connected to the KLIA Main Terminal Building. It serves as the Domestic terminal for Malaysia Airlines and some International flights are handled here too.

KLIA Contact Pier, International Level
Contact Pier, International Level

The Aerotrain station is located at the center of the Contact Pier to transfer the passengers between the Contact Pier and the Satellite Building.

Aerotrain to the Satellite Building
Aerotrain to the Satellite Building
The Contact Pier is located on level 4. The arriving passengers will go down one level to level 3 to complete the security clearance and collect their luggage.

Contact Pier at the KLIA
Contact Pier at the KLIA
The Contact Pier accommodates gates marked with prefix A and B for domestic departures, G and H for international flights.

Gates H for international flights
Gates H at Contact Pier
Gates G for international flights
Gates G at Contact Pier
There is a wide array of duty-free shops and prestige brand boutiques at the Contact Pier for the passengers to complete their shopping of souvenirs and gifts.

Center of Contact Pier
Overhead signboards at Contact Pier for assistance

Contact Pier, Domestic Level

The Domestic Level at the Contact Pier accommodates the Domestic departure gates and a variety of retail outlets. The Malaysia Airlines has been operating most of its Domestic operations out from this level.

KLIA Contact Pier, Domestic Level
Contact Pier, Domestic Level

The entrance to the A and B gates can be found near the Aerotrain station. The Domestic flights are accessible from Domestic Departures on Level 3 where passengers descend after security check.

Entrance for Domestic departures
Entrance for Domestic departures at gates A & gates B


KLIA Satellite Building

The Satellite Building, measured at 176,000 square metres, accommodates International flights departing and arriving at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Satellite Building
Aerial view of Satellite Building
The passengers have to travel between the Contact Pier and the Satellite Building via the Aerotrain. The Aerotrain is fully automated and driverless.

Aerotrain station at the Satellite Building
Aerotrain station at the Satellite Building
The Satellite Building features a natural rainforest in the middle of the building, exhibiting the Malaysian rainforests.

KLIA Satellite Building - Airport in the Forest, Forest in the Airport
KLIA Satellite Building - Airport in the Forest, Forest in the Airport

Satellite Building, Passenger Level, Level 1

The level 1 of the Satellite Building accommodates the Aerotrain station, the International departure gates and a wide array of duty-free shops and prestige brand boutiques.

KLIA Satellite Building, Passenger Level, Level 1
Satellite Building, Passenger Level, Level 1

The Aerotrain station is located at the West Zone. The ride of the Aerotrain between the Main Terminal Building and Satellite Terminal takes about 2.5 minutes.

Aerotrain station at the Satellite Building
Aerotrain station at Satellite Building
The gates in Satellite Terminal have the prefix C. There is a total of 27 boarding gates at this Terminal.

Gate C35 at Satellite building
Gate C35 at Satellite building
Within the Satellite Building, wireless internet (Wifi) is provided free of charge. The terminal also has prayer rooms, showers and massage service. Various lounge areas are provided, some including children's play areas and movie lounge.

KLIA - Airport in the Forest, Forest in the Airport
KLIA Satellite Building - Airport in the Forest, Forest in the Airport
The terminal also features a natural rainforest in the middle of the terminal, exhibiting the Malaysian forests. This creation has made the KLIA the first and only airport in the world to receive the United Nations' Green Globe 21 certification for the airport's commitment to environmental responsibility each year since 2004.

Satellite building
Satellite building

Satellite Building, Mezzanine Level, Level 2

The level 2 of the Satellite Building accommodates lots of Airport lounges such as Cathay Pacific Lounge, Emirates Lounge, MAS Golden Lounge, Plaza Premium Lounge, Royal Orchid Lounge, Silver Kris Lounge, and Thai Royal Silk Lounge.

KLIA Satellite Building, Mezzanine Level, Level 2
Satellite Building, Mezzanine Level, Level 2

The passengers can find a variety of airport lounge available for rest and relaxation at this level of the Satellite Buiding.

Satellite Building, level 2
Satellite Building, level 2
The level 2 also houses food and beverage outlets such as Burger King, Starbucks coffee, Delifrance and many others for the convenience of the passengers.

Satellite Building, level 2
Satellite Building, level 2


KLIA Layout Plan

The Kuala Lumpur International Airport comprises of three main buildings - the Main Terminal Building, the Contact Pier, and the Satellite Building.

KLIA layout plan
Layout plan of Main Terminal Buiding, Contact Pier, and Satellite Building

The Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the major hub of Malaysia Airlines, MASkargo, AirAsia, AirAsia X, Malindo Air, flyGlobal, UPS Airlines and AsiaCargo Express.