PTE live news: NACO commissioned by Malaysian Airports to develop Kuala Lumpur International

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Netherlands Airports Consultants (NACO), part of Royal HaskoningDHV, signed a landmark agreement with Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (Malaysia Airports) at Passenger Terminal Expo to develop the future vision and masterplan for Kuala Lumpa International Airport (KLIA).

In commissioning NACO for this initiative, Malaysia Airports is preparing KLIA not only for its future growth but also ensuring its readiness in embracing Airports 4.0, thus improving the total airport experience for airport users.

“We engaged NACO to carry out our Future Vision strategy for KLIA and to translate our vision into the masterplan,” said Mohd Shukri Ku Shaari, senior manager, planning, Malaysia Airports. “We are confident that the end result will introduce additional capacity for KLIA but will also digitise and improve the airport experience. We are proud to share the occasion here at Passenger Terminal Expo 2019.”

Malaysia Airports operates 39 airports in Malaysia and is one of the world’s top five operators in terms of the number of passengers handled. The operator also owns Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport, Turkey, and has investment holdings in Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, India.

Dutch architecture and consultancy firm NACO has been at the forefront of applying the latest digital technologies at airports across the globe, including the integration of the ‘Happy Flow’ passenger security system in its design for Aruba Airport’s expansion and ‘security as a service’ and baggage innovations at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands. All these innovations are geared toward improving the total airport experience for both passengers and stakeholders, a core focus for KLIA’s future vision.

“We have worked with NACO since 1998, in forming new masterplans and in developing our airports,” added Shaari. “We have to adapt to meet the current customer expectations and embrace Airport 4.0 and NACO is the perfect partner to achieve this.”

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