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MAHB is firm that airport safety will not be compromised

Part of the problem that was reported in December last year.

Part of the problem that was reported in December last year.

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KUALA LUMPUR — July 28, 2015: Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) is committed to ensure that operations at all its airports, including the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) terminals, apron and taxiways are safe.

In a statement today, MAHB said the differential settlement at klia2’s apron and taxiways was only affecting 2.3 per cent of the total 1.48 million sq metre which was causing the ponding and depression.

“Safety is of utmost priority to us and we adhere to a stringent regulatory regime by the Department of Civil Aviation in accordance with International
Civil Aviation Organisation standards and recommended practices,” it said.

The statement is in response to recent news reports that said the budget passenger terminal at klia2 was sinking, with cracks on the taxiways and water pools that planes must drive through.

It said since klia2 opened in May 2014, a joint inspection committee involving all stakeholders was formed to conduct onsite inspections and
verifications on the rectification work, plus managing both short-term and long-term solutions.

“The short-term solutions include routine patching work and resurfacing or overlay work, while long-term solutions consist of construction of concrete slabs and injection of polyurethane material at parking aprons and taxiways,” MAHB said.

The maintenance work is expected to reduce to a minimum level in the next five years.

In a related reaction, AirAsia X said conditions at klia2 can be improved further as the runaway is a bit depressed.

The airline’s acting chief executive officer Benyamin Ismail said there is also the issue with the parking bays.

“If we operate at full capacity there is a ponding issue involved.

“AirAsia X’s engineering team is working with MAHB’s to resurface it but again this issue will pop up again because resurfacing is a short-term measure,” he said. — Bernama

 

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