Since the reactivation of Kuala Lumpur old airport in Subang and its conversion into Subang SkyPark- a privately owned facility- back to 2008, the facility is enjoying increasing popularity: 300,000 passengers in 2008, 1.5 million passengers in 2012 and 3.06 million passengers in 2015. The current terminal is now saturated. Although data for 2016 have not been yet communicated, the airport is likely to have seen a traffic of 3.5 million passengers, forcing Subang SkyPark authorities to look for expansion.
Next to Terminal 3 – the current international and domestic passengers terminal, authorities started the construction of a second terminal, which will be entirely dedicated to international flights. It must be delivered by 2019, offering an additional capacity of 2 million passengers.The future terminal represents an estimated investment of RM200 million and will include a retail extension of 32,000 sq m and a multilevel car-park of 35,000 sq m with capacity for 1,155 vehicles. The extension will also include an entertainment / event deck that overlooks the runway, a first of its kind, open to public, in Malaysia.
Both terminals will only be served by turboprop aircraft. The airport is used mostly by Firefly, Lion Air regional subsidiary and Malindo Air. Recently however, Firefly indicated to slowdown its growth due to financial difficulties.
SkyPark Terminal is less than 30 minutes by car from the heart of Kuala Lumpur, hence making it the ideal gateway to Kuala Lumpur city. SkyPark prides itself on providing exceptional services and connections offering free wifi, integrated restaurant and bars and short walking distances to the aircraft.
A major improvement is due to happen in the second quarter of 2017 with the airport being finally connected by rail to KL Sentral, the main rail transport hub in Malaysia’s capital. The new commuter train will need some 20 minutes to bring travellers to town.