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Aerotrain at KLIA to be Replaced

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The new Aerotrain system is expected to be completed in 3 years time

In ensuring passengers continue to experience a seamless journey through KL International Airport, Malaysia Airports has embarked on the replacement exercise of its Automated People Mover (APM), also known as the Aerotrain system.

Three years from now, passengers can expect to start using the new Aerotrain with an improved system, safety, comfort, appearance, and energy consumption among others. It will also offer flexibility for seamless connections to new terminals in the future.

In a statement, Malaysia Airports Managing Director Dato’ Iskandar Mizal Mahmood said the current  Aerotrains are approaching their end-of-life stage and needed to be upgraded to better serve passengers.

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KLIA Aerotrain tracks during construction in 1997

“It is no longer feasible to maintain the current Aerotrains. Old assets are more prone to break down and this will inconvenience passengers. They are also running on old technology, making it difficult to get parts,” he said, adding that the new Aerotrains will be upgraded together with the track system infrastructure which will provide the airport with better operational efficiency.

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Did you know that KLIA aerotrain travels approximately 1.3km from the Main Terminal Building to the Satellite Building

He further added that during the upgrade period, passengers will continue to be shuttled using the airside bus service which has been running as an alternative service to the Aerotrain.

The current Aerotrains has shuttled more than 300 million passengers between KLIA’s main terminal buildings and the satellite buildingsince the airport opened 23 years ago. Due to its ageing system, the Aerotrain has frequently faced service disruptions, causing operational inefficiency.

Malaysia Airports had undergone a robust and transparent competitive tender process which started in August 2020, which placespriority on meeting its business objectives, as well as the project’s technical and performance requirements. The tender was also preceded by three feasibility studies to determine therequirements, and a series of stakeholder engagements with the Ministry of Transport (MOT), Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) and Land Public Transport Agency (APAD) to gather the necessary feedback.

With the expected Aerotrain system to be completed in a few years time, Malaysia Airports look forward to improve its service efficiency for continuous joyous experience to passengers.

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