24 May 2014
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has denied that several depressions at taxiways and aircraft parking bays at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) poses a safety threat to airport operations.
Senior general manager of operations, Datuk Azmi Murad, dismissed reports that the parking apron at the airport was sinking because of heavy rainfall, saying that new construction would initially suffer minor settlements of its surface.
"It is not sinking. All new airports will have minor surface settlement, initially.
"Even highways, roads and houses have surface settlement, but that does not mean it is unsafe.
"This is a normal occurrence and MAHB will take action to resolve issues at the parking apron," he said yesterday after the launch of a free shuttle bus service between the alternative long-term car park (LTCP), the KLIA and the klia2.
Azmi reiterated that klia2 had complied with all international requirements and that continuous monitoring was being conducted to ensure airport operations run smoothly.
"As a responsible airport operator, we will not compromise on safety. MAHB will focus on managing the airport while the airlines should concentrate on flying the aircraft."
The shuttle service, managed by Mesra Indah Jaya, is for airport users and staff who park their vehicles at the LTCP, a cheaper option for parking at the airports.
"The parking rate at LTCP is RM2.50 per hour and RM32 for the whole day, compared with KLIA and klia2, which is RM4 per hour and RM46 for the entire day.
"We encourage airport users to park their vehicles there as it is gated, has 24-hour security and is well lit. Airport staff can obtain the season pass for RM45."
Five shuttle buses operate every 15 minutes for 24 hours daily.