The world’s largest airport designed to serve low-cost carriers was officially put into operation in May 2 in Malaysia.

The inaugural ceremony of Kuala Lumpur International Airport number 2 (KLIA2) was attended by Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Transport Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) Chairman Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah and Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Director General Abdul Rahman Azharuddin.

The new airport saw the first plane landing at 0h5’, which was flight OD1027 operated by Malindo Air. About three hours later, flight 5J502 operated by Cebu Pacific Airways became the first to take off from the KLIA2.

Covering a total area of 257,000 square metres, the airport has 60 gates, 80 airbridges and 225 retail outlets located in an area of 32,000 square metres. Designed with a capacity of 45 million passengers every year, it is expected to welcome 22 million users this year.

Construction of KLIA2, which is only nearly 2 km from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, commenced in 2010 with a total capital of 1.3 billion USD.-VNA