SEPANG, SELANGORT DIS.1: The building of Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre Complex (KL ATCC), KLIA that started on 18th January 2016 and worths RM650.366 million today has witnessed its completion and officially opened by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Prime Minister Ismail said, the government has approved the allocation to build the new KL ATCC as a development project under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) following the fast growth and development of the public air transportation in 2013 and also to strengthen and empower the management and monitoring the national air space.
“Today Malaysia can be proud with the completion of the “WAU” building that not only places the air traffic service operations for the whole air space in Peninsular Malaysia but also the National Search and Rescue and Joint Airspace Management Coordination Centre (JAMCC).
“With the sophisticated integrated control centre, the competency and the readiness of the country could be elevated to face the global flight situation that is challenging and could support the future generation.
“The provision of the new and more efficient system and air traffic control equipments will directly enable to increase the competency of the national air traffic control services that is at par with other developed countries in the world,” Ismail said in his speech when officiating the opening of the Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre Complex (KL ATCC), KLIA, here today.
The Prime Minister added the increase in the aircrafts movements and the air space capacity as a result of the KL ATCC Project will definitely gives the positive impacts in the national economy especially in the public air transportation sector.
Ismail said even though the public flight industry has undergone a drastic drop in business since the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 as a result of the closure of international borders but the sector is expected to recover in 2025.
“It is my hope that all the experiences obtained will be utilised in the best possible ways and will be a guide for future developments. This situation will reduce the nation’s dependency on foreign expertise and skills and indirectly reduces the outflow of the economic resources to protect the interests of the country.
“Besides that this success is seen to enable the air traffic control will remain to be fully controlled by the local people in a conducive working environment. This situation also proves that the expertise and the skills of the local people are at par with the foreign expertise and probably better in some aspects,” Ismail reiterated.
The Prime Minister also congratulated the Ministry of Transport (MOT) headed by Datuk Seri Ir.Dr. Wee Ka Siong and CAAM and all the parties involved for the success in building the new KL ATCC project. –Malaysia World News