Security officers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang. (Photo: AFP)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Nearly 500 flights will be affected as Malaysia closes its airspace near Kuala Lumpur International Airport every morning for five days next week in preparation for national day celebrations, the country’s Ministry of Transport said on August 21.

A total of 498 flights in and out of the airport are expected to be affected as the closure is scheduled to take place from 9.30 am to 10.30 am from August 27-31.

The ministry said the closure is important to guarantee the success of the National Day 2018 flypast.

It highlighted its priority of ensuring the safety of the airspace and movement of aircraft at the airport.

It said there might be flight delays and advised the public to contact airlines and airport authorities to get the latest information and schedules.

Malaysia’s annual National Day parade will be held Putrajaya on August 31, featuring an aerobatic performance by the air force. –VNA