Malaysia Airports is replacing its iconic Aerotrain to enhance the passenger experience at the airport
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Anyone familiar with KL International Airport (KLIA) is sure to know the iconic Aerotrain that has been transporting passengers to and from the main terminal building to the satellite building. Well, after 24 years of ferrying over 300 million passengers, Malaysia Airports has embarked on the Aerotrain replacement programme.
Scheduled to be completed in 2025, the replacement programme is part of the airport operator’s efforts to rejuvenate the airport and enhance the passenger experience there. During the transition period, the current Aerotrain service will still be running, but on a limited schedule augmented with round-the-clock bus services so passengers can be assured of a seamless airport journey.
Malaysia Airports Managing Director Dato’ Iskandar Mizal Mahmood said in a briefing to members of the media that as with any large-scale asset replacement programme, its Aerotrain replacement programme will be done in phases.
“The first phase involving design works is until March 2023, where multiple stakeholder engagements are conducted to ensure that the new Aerotrain system meets both local and international transport and safety standards.
“The second phase between March 2023 and March 2025 will be the construction of the new Aerotrain. Within these three years transition period, the current Aerotrain will run on a limited schedule to enable a more robust maintenance regime due to its ageing condition and to facilitate the replacement programme,” he said adding that Malaysia Airports seeks the public’s understanding and patience during this time as there will be some inconvenience to passengers.
Meanwhile, Malaysia Airports Chairman Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the Aerotrain replacement programme will enhance KLIA’s Reputation as one of the world’s best airports.
“We are not only replacing the trains but the entire track system so that our passengers will be able to experience a renewed modern aerotrain service when they pass through the airport,” he said.
Passengers can look forward to a more robust Aerotrain system using the latest technology and offering greater comfort level.
Meanwhile, KLIA is also upgrading its bus services to augment the limited Aerotrain operation. The airport will replace its current fleet with 6 new airport buses whereby the first two are arriving in November this year. The other 4 buses will arrive by February 2023. These new buses will be able to cater to up to 110 passengers per bus, double the current capacity. They are also innovatively designed with robust and durable structures.
Passengers are encouraged to use the alternative bus service, which is available 24/7 for greater convenience.