Loke appeals for understanding over airspace closure

Hashini Kavishtri Kannan

PUTRAJAYA: Admitting that the airspace closure at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) had affected many passengers, Transport Minister Anthony Loke appealed to the public for understanding.

“We know the closure will and has caused inconvenience to many passengers, but we have no choice. We have to close the air space for rehearsals and the Merdeka day airshow. We urge people to understand. We are truly sorry for the inconvenience caused,” he said after launching the Aerohotel at klia2 today.

Last week, the Civil Aviation Authority said it would close off the air space at the two airports between 9am and 10.30am, from Aug 27 to Aug 31, for the 2018 Merdeka Day celebration airshow.

It urged the public to get updates on their new flight schedules.

Loke said the authority had given two weeks notice to all airlines prior to the closure.

Last week, the Transport Ministry issued a statement saying that some 500 flights would be affected by the five-day closure.

With the launch of the Aerohotel, gateway@klia2 mall is now the only shopping complex in the country with an airport and an airport hotel.

Loke said klia2 handled 30.3 million passengers last year and served more than 17.16 million passengers up to last month this year. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd