Guest post by David Hogan Jr who runs travel blog Malaysia Asia who recently posted up this article on KLIA which I think will benefit you all if you are intending to travel through KLIA 2 – something I hope to do later in the year.
If you did not already know, the KLIA2 airport has recently opened and all budget flights are going via the new budget terminal for Kuala Lumpur. As this airport has been the talk of the year, and after many delays in opening, it finally opened its doors to the public on 2nd May 2014 and is servicing all the budget airlines in the region, namely AirAsia.
As for me, I departed on a trip via LCCT and arrived back in KLIA2 so this was an opportunity that many may have not experienced. The closure of the old budget terminal and arriving at a brand new one where it gave me a chance to explore the airport to see what was the hype all about. I admit, I was utterly impressed by everything there. As a Malaysian, it is easy to find fault with a lot of things, but as a seasoned traveler, I do not look for those, instead I channel my observations to the facilities, structure, amenities and overall layout and design.
The minute I got on to the tarmac of the airport, I could already see the overall structure which was very modern. Stepping onto the much debated aerobridge, I know that this was the budget terminal of the future and much awards are going to be won by the KLIA2. Once inside, it brought me into a whole new world of shopping, as if I was in a metropolis of some sort. It felt like I was in another country.
Passengers were seen hurriedly moving about while staff were rushing to finish the shop restocking. Security on Segways zoomed pass while airport staff with ‘Ask Me’ stood at all possible corners of the airport ready to assist anyone in need. Very very impressive. There must be over hundreds of shops throughout the entire airport complex ranging from fast food, restaurants, consumer goods and even a Toys-R-Us and grocery supermarket!
Baggage areas were huge! When I say huge, it is on par with the international airport which is just next to KLIA2. Brand new conveyor belts spun bags around the size of a badminton court while at least luggage of four to five flights can be accommodated in one baggage carousel. The international and domestic sections are divided by a glass partition where you can see one another.
Leaving the arrival hall is smooth as there custom counters are wide enough for multiple trolleys to pass through. Outside, I was greeted by a huge shopping mall complex. Standing there for the first time, I was in awe. Shops to the left and right, thousands of travelers moving about in all directions, yes, this was like something out of a movie. Personally, I spent a good three hours exploring the entire place checking out the shopping mall right to the outdoor viewing deck area.
Below are various photos taken by me during my time exploring KLIA2.
For those going to the new KLIA2, be sure to follow the signs there as it being new, it can be a little confusing, but after a few times there, you will get the hang of it. Not to worry, this airport is here to stay for a very long time. Oh, if you’re a coffee lover, you are in for a surprise as there must be at least 6 types of coffee outlets there including 3 Starbucks outlets. And if you are rushing home to cook dinner after a flight, there is a Jaya Grocer Supermarket as you exit the arrival hall so you can do your grocery shopping before heading home.
Overall, when you are there, simply follow the signboards to where ever you are headed too. If you are lost or unsure, just ask the many information counters on all 4 levels. In the klia2 shopping mall, there are almost all kinds of shops available if you need to buys something too. And for food, there are abundance available. There is even a vegetarian cafe there too.
If you are taking public transport, there are three main ways you can do so – klia2 taxis, public buses and KLIA Express train to Sentral Station in KL.
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