[ Malaysia ] Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Malaysia is expecting to spend up to MYR 150 million (about USD 35 million) over the next few years to upgrade and improve its baggage-handling efficiency, according to local media reports

14 June 2017

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) - which manages the airport - has called for a tender and is expected to start work to improve the airport by early in 2018, its general manager, Zainol Mohd Isa, was quoted as saying. After the upgrade, baggage sorters will be able to process 10,000 bags/hr, according to the reports. A baggage ‘saviour line’ will also be installed to act as backup, according to Zainol, who said this could be used during “super peak” periods. “This saviour line is not big in terms of capacity – we are looking at 2,000 bags/hr; it is really just part of the contingency,” he said, adding that the airport would also improve its baggage carousel, to allow for simultaneous baggage handling for multiple flights, instead of handling flights one by one. Other planned improvements include setting up a better inter-terminal transfer system for passengers and their luggage between KLIA’s two terminals, as well as a self-service bag drop at KLIA2. #1050.GSE1

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