Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)
As Malaysia’s aspirations to be a developed nation grew that also meant more international travel and arrivals. In 1993, Tun Mahathir decided the Subang International Airport could no longer handle the future demand of air travel.
This lead to the upgrading of Malaysia’s air travel infrastructure and the opening of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in 1998 as part of the Multimedia Super Corridor, grand development plan.
The airport is the busiest airport in the country and is the world’s 23rd busiest airport by total passenger traffic. In 2015, the airport handled over 48 million passengers and 726,000 tons of cargo.
KLIA is old by today’s standards and some of the facilities are in need of maintenance, especially in light recent reports of aerotrain breakdowns. However, to date KLIA remains to be a major transportation hub for air travel in Malaysia and the main gateway into the country.