The new Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre (KL ATCC) at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), here, would be a new landmark in the country’s civil aviation industry, said Prime Minister Najib Razak.
At the ground-breaking ceremony for the RM650 million complex today, Najib said it would be another important milestone in the country’s transformation programme, to improve the quality of public service delivery.
“If the air traffic services are managed properly and efficiently, it will definitely instill trust and confidence in the airline and air transport industry in Malaysia.
“It will prove that we do not compromise in ensuring the best service, in being efficient, and most importantly, on safety,” he said.
The complex will house the air traffic control operations for the Kuala Lumpur Flight Information Region (KL FIR), becoming the backbone of the country’s air traffic control, as well as the central coordination centre for the Department of Civil Aviation’s (DCA) Search and Rescue (SAR) system.
Najib said the KL ATCC project would be the starting point to restructuring the KL FIR airspace when completed, Bernama reported.
He said the restructuring exercise would make KLIA the only airport in the region to operate at the maximum level through three runways simultaneously.
“This simultaneous operation is targeted to increase the landing capacity at KLIA from 78 to 108 aircraft per hour, which is among the highest in the world,” he said.
The increase, he said, could provide good returns to the country through continued development of the country’s aviation industry.
Najib also announced that the DCA would be transformed into a statutory body known as the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), expected to be fully functional by mid-year.