History of Klia

Topics: Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Selangor Pages: 3 (753 words) Published: April 22, 2011
An Imperial Airways' Armstrong Whitley Atlanta aircraft 'Aurora', which landed at Sungai Besi Airfield, Kuala Lumpur, was probably the first commercial aircraft of an international service to use the aerodrome. The Sungai Besi Airfield (originally an old tin tailing mine covered by grass) was one of the two airstrips located in Selangor, the other being at Port Sweetenham (now Port Klang). 1936

Improvement of the Sungai Besi Airfield which was commissioned as an all-purpose landing ground, ".... a conditioned area 600 yards by 800 yards oriented approximately North East-South West " and was licensed for light and medium aircraft "up to a gross weight of 5,500 lbs." 1Aug1948

Expansion of the Kuala Lumpur Airport at Sungai Besi.
(The Terminal building was for many years an atap shed. Communications equipment were unreliable and often aircraft landed without traffic control! Biggest aircraft used then was DC-3).

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (1948) at Sungai Besi
Proposal to construct the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at Subang mooted. 30Aug1965
Official opening of the RM52 million Kuala Lumpur International Airport at Subang by Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Dipertuan Agong, Tuanku Syed Putra Ibni al Marhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (1965) at Subang
Introduction of Primary Radar for air traffic control in Kuala Lumpur. 3Apr1982
Launching ceremony for the first MAS B747 at Terminal 2, Subang-Kuala Lumpur by the Prime Minister. 16Apr1982
Terminal 1 Subang-Kuala Lumpur closed for renovation.
Terminal 1 Subang-Kuala Lumpur opened for operations.
Interim development of Subang-Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 1 to accommodate larger aircraft. 1Dec1989
Reopening of Terminal 2, Subang-Kuala Lumpur International Airport for domestic services. Jul1991
Announcement of the proposal plan to construct the Kuala...
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