The operator of the Kuala Lumpur Airport (KLIA) reported it has completed its refurbishment work on its third runway as part of its KUL Runway Sustainability Master Plan.

In a release by Malaysia Airports, the runway rehabilitation work continued through the COVID-19 pandemic being considered “mission critical” along with replacing aging assets.

Since work began in October of last year, the upgrades for the runway (15/33) include a new overlay and improving the runway drainage system.

“We will never compromise on the safety aspects of airport operations. Now more than ever, we have to be able to reassure the travelling 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,” said Malaysia Airports Group CEO Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh.

The completion of the Runway 3 rehabilitation comes as the airport anticipates an increase in air traffic after travel restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19 were put in place.

Following the Runway 3 rehabilitation work, the airport will shift its focus to upgrade Runway 1 (north-east of the airport – 14L/32R) starting in November. Upgrade work for Runway 2 (14R/32L) will then get started in 2023.

KLIA runway 3 is the airport's most recently completed runway. Located on the south-west side of the airport closer to KLIA Terminal 2, the runway has a length of around 4,056 meters (13,307 feet) . It was first completed and opened in 2013.


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