1 December 2021
The Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre (KL ATCC) in Sepang, which has the latest and most advanced technology, is capable of shortening aircraft landing times and bringing fuel savings of up to RM1 billion a year, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He said the use of new technology by the KL ATCC would enable aircraft to land faster at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) without having to wait for a long time in the airspace.
He added that the new KL ATCC, which previously operated in Subang, increases aircraft movements at KLIA and klia2 from 84 to 108 per hour by using three runways simultaneously.
“In the past, planes had to hover before landing and it certainly used up fuel.
“With the capacity of 108 movements per hour and three tracks through the new KL ATCC, it will definitely save time and fuel for aircraft to land,” he said at a press conference after the opening of the KL ATCC in Sepang by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Wednesday (Dec 1).
The KL ATCC, which is housed in a building inspired by the “wau” (Malaysian kite) design, houses the Kuala Lumpur Air Flight Information air traffic operations centre, which is the backbone of the country’s air traffic control functions, and the Aeronautical Search and Rescue Coordination Centre.
Wee said that the relocation of the KL ATCC from Subang also enables the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia to implement the new structural change of Peninsular Malaysia’s airspace to 14 sectors, compared with seven sectors previously.
The move of the KL ATCC to the new location is also one of the preparations for the country’s aviation industry towards the post-Covid-19 pandemic situation, which is expected in 2025, he said.
“From now on, all parties need to adapt to the new facilities at the KL ATCC, and the opening of this control centre also proves that Malaysia has an efficient air control centre,” he said.
Wee in his speech during the opening ceremony said that 326 air traffic controllers work in shifts at the KL ATCC to monitor the smooth flow of air traffic in the airspace of Peninsular Malaysia for 24 hours a day.
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