Malaysia Airports (MAHB) is planning to invest $315m (MYR1.3bn) for the redevelopment of Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (Subang Airport) (SZB) in Subang, Malaysia.

The funding will enable the transformation of Subang Airport into an aviation hub in the Asia-Pacific.

Of the total investment, approximately $72.6m (MYR300m) will be allocated for the common infrastructures while the remaining $242.5m (MYR1bn) will be used for the construction of lettable facilities including hangers, factories, maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) and workshops.

The same global technology platforms and vendors involved in the development of KL International Airport (KLIA) will be tapped for the redevelopment of Subang Airport in order to adhere to global practices and standards.

MAHB’s subsidiary, KLIA Aeropolis, will be responsible for the land development of the airport operator’s network of airports across the country.

KLIA Aeropolis head Randhill Singh said at a media briefing: “It is imperative for Malaysia to consolidate its position as a hub across these segments, business and commercial aviation, helicopter ecosystem, air cargo and e-commerce logistics, the centre of aviation new technologies, aerospace manufacturing and MRO in the region.

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“Having a complementary ecosystem between KLIA and Subang Airport allows us to ensure that we have the leadership position in the Asia-Pacific.”

Scheduled to be completed by the end of 2025, the five-year project will be funded through internally generated funds by the airport operator and draw investment from some third parties.

This project is expected to generate over $1.21bn (MYR5bn) in economic output.

Randhill Singh added that the funding will be mainly utilised for the construction of lettable building facilities that include hangar, factories, aerospace manufacturing plants and MRO.