9 August 2020
The third runway (Runway 3) at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport is now fully rehabilitated after undergoing comprehensive maintenance works under the KUL Runway Sustainability Master Plan.
The master plan is a vital framework in ensuring the continuous safety of flight operations at the nation’s main airport.
Malaysia Airports Group CEO Datuk Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh said despite aggressive cost containment measures undertaken in light of the Covid-19 impact to the aviation industry, the airport operator had proceeded with mission critical investments such as the replacement of ageing assets and runway rehabilitation works.
“We will never compromise on the safety aspects of airport operations. Now more than ever, we have to be able to reassure the traveling public that air travel is safe.
“On top of ensuring safety of flight operations, we have also invested in technology that can provide a contactless and sanitised airport environment so that our guests can have peace of mind when they need to travel”, he said in a statement.
Shukrie said the completion of rehabilitation works on Runway 3 is especially timely as the airport operator is starting to see a gradual increase in confidence on the safety of air travel.
“We are already seeing triple of the traffic numbers we saw in the preceding month. We will also be starting the second phase of the Runway Sustainability Master Plan where works on Runway 1 will begin from November 2020 onwards,” he said.
The rehabilitation works had mainly involved overlaying works as well as improving the runway pavement drainage.
During the period, in order to ensure smooth flight operations at all times, Malaysia Airports had conducted regular engagement sessions with all vested stakeholders such as the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), airline partners and ground handlers operating at the international gateway.
Upon the completion of maintenance works, CAAM had conducted calibration and inspection works to assess infrastructure readiness and ensure that the runway meets all international safety and regulatory guidelines for flight operations.