30 May 2020, Saturday | 03:35am

KLIA Celebrates 21st Anniversary with Digitalisation Move


Sepang - Travelers at KLIA can enjoy a hassle-free journey and enhanced digital experience as the airport launched its single token passenger journey initiative focusing on facial recognition, big data analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) in conjunction with its 21st year celebration yesterday.  

Present to mark KLIA’s milestone, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was brought to test the efficiency and accuracy of the newly installed security body scanners that are able to detect both non-organic and organic foreign objects on the body. Tun Dr Mahathir was then brought through the Electronic Gate with Facial Recognition System by SITA and Gunnebo, which will allow passengers to verify their document details only once upon checking-in.

Commemorating the Airports 4.0 transformation journey, a new exhibition site for the original scale model of KLIA Main Terminal created 25 years ago was unveiled, a gift by the Japanese firm Kurokawa Architect and Associates as a tribute to Tun Dr Mahathir for his foresight and vision in the development of the airport.


                         Tun Dr Mahathir signs the original scale model of KLIA Main Terminal created 25 years ago.

Tun Dr Mahathir paid tribute to the late Kisho Kurokawa, the renowned Japanese architect who was behind KLIA’s ‘Airport in the Forest, Forest in the Airport’ concept. The Prime Minister also expressed his pride of seeing the airport’s growth, just as proud as he felt in 1998 when officiating its opening.

“I was proud then because it was the realisation of a dream and a promise. I am proud today because it is a reality,” he said in his speech during the ‘KLIA Turns 21 — A Precious Legacy’ celebration at KLIA.

"The total capacity of KLIA has been increased from its original 25 million to the current 75 million passengers per annum with the addition of a second terminal called klia2, which alone, has the capacity to handle 45 million passengers a year, " said Tun Dr Mahathir.

KLIA, with its two terminals, is now connected to over a thousand destinations and as of 2018, had 80 million passengers, said the Prime Minister.

He said that the government is committed to promoting KLIA as the main gateway of tourism and equally committed to ensuring the growth of the aviation industry.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) chairman Tan Sri Zainun Ali in her speech at the event, said the implementation of the latest technology will give Malaysia a competitive edge in attracting more airlines to operate from Kuala Lumpur airports.  

“We hope to be able to improve the connectivity at Kuala Lumpur airports by implementing airside transfer between the two terminals,” she said when highlighting the importance of inter-terminal connectivity in positioning the airport as a strong aviation hub.

She noted that MAHB has recently signed a memorandum of business collaboration with POS Aviation, one of the ground handlers at the airport, to design and develop a virtual platform to help facilitate airside transfers for self-connect passengers who travel through Kuala Lumpur airports.

She expressed hope that KLIA will be a global hub of the future, creating a thriving ecosystem around it.

The event was also attended by Transport Minister Anthony Loke and MAHB Group chief executive officer (GCEO) Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin.


Malaysia Airports CARE ambassador presents the scale model of KLIA Main Terminal, which has been exhibited all over the world at various architectural and art exhibition muses and galleries.


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