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Malaysia's Tourism Board Confirms Kuala Lumpur's Newest Airport Terminal to Open Soon

January 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Will is on the ground in Kuching at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Follow along as he dishes on the latest travel news from Southeast Asia.

After experiencing delays last year that pushed back its opening date, Tourism Malaysia's Director General Dato' Mirza Mohammad Taiyab confirmed this week that the new international airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur, KLIA2, is on track to open this spring on May 2nd.

The new terminal will have 60 gates and 344,445 square-feet of retail space and the capacity to accommodate 45 million passengers a year. The big three airlines in the terminal will be AirAsia, Lion Air, and Zest Airways.

This is good news for Americans, as Kuala Lumpur is the main entry point to the country for travelers from the States. Although the new terminal will not service any flights coming from the States directly, one can only assume opportunities will present themselves somewhere down the road in the future.

Flight paths from the US to Kuala Lumpur currently take you through Narita (Tokyo) via several air carriers, including Malaysia Airlines and American. You can learn more and see photos of the new airport here.

[Photo: KLIA2]

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