Runway test landing proves KLIA2 all set for a flying start

Runway test landing proves KLIA2 all set for a flying start

SEPANG - The much-awaited KLIA2 project is all set to start operations following a successful test landing on its runway.

A Malindo Air Boeing 737-900ER was used to conduct this at Runway 3 yesterday.

The aircraft departed from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 9.30am and had a smooth landing at the runway about 15 minutes later.

The test landing was witnessed by acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz and KUB Malaysia Berhad chairman Datuk Seri Abd Halim Abd Samad.

KUB Builders, a unit of KUB Malaysia, is the contractor of the RM268.8mil 3.96km-long runway.

Hishammuddin said the test should put to rest fears that KLIA2 would not meet its May 2014 opening. "We are back on track," he said.

Hishammuddin said the aircraft did not hop while taxiing. "This indicates that the runway has a solid foundation," he said.

"This is contrary to allegations that the runway is sinking. If it was, I don't think it would receive the approval from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

"It's not easy to get recognition from the ICAO," Hishammuddin said. "This is a great achievement."

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