If you’re a Singaporean trying to return home from a holiday at Kuala Lumpur, you probably would not be reading this.
For starters, you’d probably be held up at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), as you silently curse under your breath, questioning why you didn’t just take the god damn bus home.
Flying = Comfort and convenience? Pshhht. Nah. Not when you’re expected to arrive “at least 4 hours ahead” of your flight departure time because of system disruptions, according to TODAYonline.
System Disruptions Since Two Nights Ago
The airport management system has yet to be fixed, even after two nights of disruptions. To their credit, the Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) are trying their best to fix the situation.
But as Coldplay so aptly says, what if “you try your best but you don’t succeed?” Well, the result is flight delays and general inconvenience, which isn’t exactly the best way to end a holiday.
It was reported that “Check-in counters, flight information displays systems, baggage handling, its MYairportd mobile application and the credit card systems at even retail and food and beverage stores” have been affected.
Measures To Transport Passengers More Efficiently
KLIA is reportedly maximising all 38 of their remote bays at KLIA Main Terminal – which is basically where planes park when they are not connected to the terminal by an aerobridge. This means that they exit the plane by steps and are then transported to the terminal.
MAHB has also deployed 4 more buses and additional staff – about 1,000 in total – to transport passengers more efficiently to and fro their terminals and gates.
They’ve also provided free parking for passengers who’ve parked at KLIA Main Terminal (Block A, B, C and D) till 6:00 a.m., 23 August…which is over now, so you’d better drive away if you’re parked there.
The operating hours at all other airports nationwide will be extended, you know, just in case passengers would prefer to ditch their flights at KLIA in favour of other airports.
Unbeknownst to many, KLIA isn’t the only airport in Kuala Lumpur. In fact, another airport, Subang International Airport (SZB) aka Subang Skypark Terminal was the international airport before KLIA. It is still in operation now – and the planes do fly to Singapore.
Otherwise, passengers will just have to sit tight and wait for their turn to board their planes and return home.
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