Malaysia Airports (MAHB) has announced the completion of the Runway 1 rehabilitation project at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) within six months according to the schedule.

After meeting the requirements of the recent calibration and audit checks by the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), the runway is now ready to commence flights operations.

The overhaul project was executed under the KLIA Runway Sustainability Master Plan, which comprises a comprehensive framework for ensuring the continued safety of flight operations.

This restoration project is expected to facilitate the gradual air travel recovery that has been hit drastically by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last year, KLIA’s Runway 3 underwent the same overhaul project.

The airport can manage nearly 78 flight movements in an hour at full capacity.

Malaysia Airports group CEO Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh said: “We remain committed to providing top-notch facilities for the ultimate travel experience via our airports. As such, we will never compromise the safety aspects of airport operations.”

Last month, Malaysia Airports handled around a total of 1.6 million passengers.

Malaysia has still not opened its borders for travel, however, the international travellers who are either leaving or arriving have received pre-approval for their travels.

In a statement, Malaysia Airports said: “This group includes foreigners returning to their own country, students studying abroad, permanent residents who are spouses or family members of Malaysian citizens, diplomats and those who have been permitted for business travel by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.”

The approvals have been given as per the Government of Malaysia’s standard operating procedures.

These passengers will undergo health and safety screening procedures as set by the Ministry of Health.

In April, KLIA entered the second phase of the field trial for the Foreign Object Debris Detection System (FODDS).