KL International Airport welcomes passengers travelling under the Vaccinated Travel Lane
In the excitement to receive passengers travelling under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Malaysia and Singapore, KL International Airport held a special welcoming ceremony for the inaugural VTL flight on 29 November 2021.
Singapore Airlines flight SQ108 arrived with 240 passengers and was ceremoniously greeted with a water cannon salute followed by the distribution of token gifts to the passengers of the flight.
Speaking to the press after the ceremony, Malaysia Airports Chairman Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr ZambryAbdul Kadir said that KLIA was grateful to the government for implementing the VTL-Air Programme, “The various VTL programmes that are being implemented and planned will go a long way in helping the local aviation industry recover from the devastating impact of the pandemic.
“Already, we are seeing air traffic numbers increasing with the relaxation of domestic travel restrictions last month,” he adds that in October, the monthly domestic passenger movements across Malaysia Airports’ network of airports were significantly higher than the three months total for Q32021 with an increase of 226% to 1.18 million passengers.
Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry added that KLIA’s stakeholders and the entire airport community are working closely to ramp up KLIA’s readiness to ensure the quality of services remain at the highest level in anticipation of the arrival of more international passengers.
In a statement, Malaysia Airports said extra measures have been undertaken which included an additional holding lounge with eight COVID-19 dedicated screening stations at Gate G10, on top of the existing 14 dedicated screening stations lounge at Gate G1, KLIA Main terminal.
Additional signages have also been installed to guide passengers better as they arrive at and depart from the airport. Airport staff are on hand to guide passengers in following the SOPs, as well as help control the passenger flow especially at critical checkpoints such as immigration and health screening queues. There are also dedicated airport staff patrolling the terminal to ensure that everyone complies to physical distancing and proper usage of face masks. Ambulances are also on standby at both landside and airside areas to transport passengers who are positive for COVID-19 to the nearest medical facility centre immediately.
An appointed private operator has also started operating a second Health Screening Centre at Gate P4 with 5 screening stations at klia2 terminal. VTL-Air passengers undergo stringent screening through dedicated immigration lanes. There are eleven counters allocated by the Immigration Department of Malaysia at KLIA Main terminal and four counters at klia2 terminal.
The baggage reclaim areas at both terminals are also segregated for better efficiency. All VTL-Air passengers are fitted with a blue wristband upon arrival for quick identification by the airport community on their quarantine-free status. This wristband is then removed as the passengers exit the airport.