Hi guys. I just came back from a long holiday with my family. We spent more than a week during Eid Al-Fitr (Hari Raya Aidil Fitri) at my hometown Muar and Kuala Lumpur. We had a very packed schedule and therefore, I really didn’t have time to update my blog or even reply to your comments.
There were many relatives to visit and many places to go.
It has been a very hectic journey for all of us. Still, we thoroughly enjoyed the trip and we got to meet our new niece who was born on the sixth day of Hari Raya, more than a month earlier than his due date.
Too anxious to meet us, I think. 😀
From KKIA 2 To KLIA 2
For this year’s Eid, I booked Air Asia tickets from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur.
We departed from Kota Kinabalu Airport (KKIA), Terminal 2 at Tanjung Aru on 27th July at 10.55am and the plane landed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) two and half hours later.
I was so excited to be at KLIA 2 since it is the first time I have been there. It is a huge airport with world class facilities and there are lots of retail outlets inside it. In fact, it probably has more shops than many shopping malls in Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2)
This is bigger than London’s Heathrow Airport, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and Singapore’s Changi Airport.
In the wake of MH370 and MH17 tragedies, the security at both KKIA 2 and KLIA 2 has been tightened, especially before we boarded the aircraft. Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has made it mandatory for anyone taking an international flight to pass through two metal-detectors and undergo a body search before they board.
The travelers now must also remove their shoes, belt, jackets and any electronic devices such as cellphones and laptop computers for separate scanning.
Bottled drinking water is not allowed to be brought aboard. It is quite embarrassing for me to take off my belt which has metal buckle and then put it on in front of many people. Plus, is also quite an inconvenience to get my bulky laptop out of my beg for scanning purposes.
Still, I have no query on this matter since it is for our own good.
Some Facts And Figures On KLIA 2
KLIA 2 is owned by the Government of Malaysia and operated by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad. The airport was built at a cost of approximately RM4 billion (US$1.3 billion). It is located just 2km away from KLIA. KLIA 2 started commercial operations on 1 May 2014 and all low-cost carrier flight operations at LCCT were moved to KLIA 2.
It was officially opened to public on 9 May 2014.
Bolstered by its reputation as the world’s largest purpose-built terminal dedicated to low-cost carriers, KLIA 2 is designed to cater for 45 million passengers a year with future capacity-expansion capability.
The Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 has a built-up area of 257,000 sqm with 68 departure gates, 8 remote stands, 80 aerobridges, plus a huge retail space as I had mentioned above. Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower at KLIA 2 were built at RM55 million and is of the height of 141.3m.
The tower entered the Guinness World Record as the ‘tallest ATC‘ in the world. KLIA 2 is also equipped with a dedicated 4km runway (Runway 3) with a 2.2km separation distance from Runway 2 at KLIA.
Airport Shopping Mall
If you forget to buy any souvenier or ‘buah tangan‘ when visiting KL, then you shouldn’t worry too much. KLIA 2 is a shopping haven with so many shops to visit. You can easily find souvenier shops and other outlets selling valuable/gift items for you and your kids.
There are also many places where you can find foods and beverages in KLIA 2. KFC, McDonald, Dome, Old Town White Coffee and Starbucks are some of the familiar names that you can find there.
If I’m not mistaken there are three Starbucks outlet in KLIA 2 and two KFC restaurants. There are also shops selling tidbits, stationeries, jewelleries, toys (Toys R Us) and even a spa.
It is pretty much complete as a shopping mall.
The facilities at KLIA 2 is tip top and comparable to other world class airports. KLIA 2 is equipped with a state-of-the-art Flight Information Display System (FIDS), Baggage Information Display System (BIDS), Public Information Display System (PIDS), banking facilities, bureau de change, first aid room, prayer rooms, lounges, baby care rooms, postal and courier services.
There are also two clinics available at the KLIA 2 terminal.
The Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 is connected with the Express Rail Link (ERL) service (also known as KLIA Ekspres) at the adjoining Gateway@klia2 complex.
The ERL / KLIA Ekspres service offers seamless connectivity to the heart of Kuala Lumpur which terminates at the KL Sentral station in the city. My uncle took the ERL when he came to KLIA 2 to to see us off on our last day at Kuala Lumpur.
He seemed to enjoy the service very much and even posted a selfie of himself while inside the train for our family’s Whatsapp group.
Other than that you can use the Free Wi-Fi service available at KLIA 2 for the first one hour. Ya, percuma satu jam pertama sahaja! 😀 There are also check-in kiosks which, unfortunately, were not functioning on the day I departed for KK. Luckilly,
I managed to do the web check-in via my iPhone which saved me from paying extra RM10 (per head) if I checked-in at the counter.
Overall, it has been an enjoyable experience at KLIA 2. We arrived about 3 hours before boarding to get a better view of the airport. Despite the big crowd of people and a minor hiccup with the check-in kiosks, everything else was quite smooth and we had lots of time to spend at KLIA 2 before we boarded the aircraft and headed back to KK.
I just hope they’ll consider placing some trolleys in the parking areas soon. Fyi, it’s RM4 per hour for the first 3 hours of parking… 😀