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Why KLIA-East

a) Location

After careful evaluation of 13 sites, in late 2008, three sites were shortlisted as the best options for KLIA EAST. The final choice of KLIA EAST met all the criteria of being cost efficient, efficient layout, good connectivity and readily available land. The site is currently the Sime Darby Labu Estate.

In comparison, the sites proposed by MAHB was also found to be unsuitable because of the ERL height issues, ERL power cable rigging and poor soil quality leading to lengthy development time.


The runway distance between KLIA EAST and the KLIA Main Terminal exceeds international standard requirements of a minimum of 2 km. In fact, the runways are more than 7 km apart.

Check out examples of similar runways in the Dubai International Airport and Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.


b) Access

The location of KLIA EAST provides seamless connectivity via road and rail.


  • Primary access via the KL - Seremban highway (PLUS highway)
  • Connecting road to Sepang F1 circuit and KLIA
  • Connections to the proposed West Coast Highway and Putrajaya - KLIA -
  • Senawang Highway can be achieved with a new connector road


  • Served by KTM Komuter (Rawang to Seremban line)
  • Intercity train (KL - Singapore, KL - Thailand, KL - east coast)
  • In discussions with KTM to upgrade Labu station as a rail hub
  • Extension of the ERL is also possible with additional investment

    Regional bus terminal to further enhance connectivity

  • Servicing regional routes up to 300 km
  • Can potentially be a pit stop for coaches plying the PLUS highway

  • In fact the distance of KLIA EAST will be shorter than that of the present KLIA LCCT.

    Golden Triangle to KLIA 78 km
    Golden Triangle to KLIA-East 50 km
    ERL to KLIA 28 minutes
    ERL to KLIA-East 31 minutes (estimate)
    KL Komuter to KLIA-East  40 minutes (estimate)
    Seremban Komuter to KLIA-East 13 minutes
    KLIA Main Terminal to LCCT 18 km
    KLIA Main Terminal to KLIA-East   22 km

    c) Passenger Capacity

    KLIA EAST will have the capacity of 30 million passengers a year with the completion of phase 1 and more than 50 million after phase 2 is completed.


    d) Economic Contribution

    The waiting time for taxis in KLIA LCCT has also increased due to the huge airport layout.

    Creating jobs within KLIA EAST

    Research shows that at KLIA East, between 0.77 And 1.71 workers will be needed for every 1,000 arriving passengers per annum. With 15 million arriving passengers in 2015, the number of jobs created directly by AirAsia at the terminal would be between 11,550 and 25,650.

    Creating jobs within the Klang Valley

    For greater Klang Valley, the number of jobs created would be between 3.18 and 8.63 hotel, commercial and retail jobs per 1,000 arriving passenger per annum. This works out to between 47,700 and 129,450 jobs created indirectly by AirAsia at the new terminal.

    How the economy benefits

    With an estimated RM3.3 Billion for the development of KLIA East and another RM30 plus billion for Sime Darby's Malaysian Central Vision Valley, a total of more thanRM33.3 billion will be pumped into the economy. In addition to that, even if every one of the 15 million passengers using KLIA East spent only RM 100, this would add RM 1.5 billion to the Malaysian economy.
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