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How To Get In Malaysia
Malaysia by Air
Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier, first took off in 1947. From a once fledgling air service flying between Malaysia and Singapore, the airline has evolved into an award winning world-class carrier. The airline has been voted one of the Top 5 Airlines in the World 2002 and 2003, one of the Best Asian Airlines, No. 3 in Business Class, No. 4 in Best All-Round First Class Service and No. 5 in Best Long-Haul Business Class Airline. Currently, MAS flies more than 40,000 passengers to over 110 destinations across 6 continents everyday, with modern fleet of 112 aircrafts, including B747-400s and the B777-200s. By 2007, the airline will commence operating the twin-deck Airbus A380 aircraft on selected long-haul routes, joining the premier league of customer airlines using this latest and technologically advanced aircrafts.

Several international airlines offer flights to Malaysia, most of which land at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) approximately 35 miles (55km) South of Kuala Lumpur. Air traffic to and from Malaysia is estimated to grow between almost 7% a year over the next decade. The new Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang has one of the most sophisticated passenger facilities in the region.

Some of the international airlines that fly to Malaysia are Aeroflot, Air France, Air India, Air Lanka, Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand, Air Vietnam, Alia/Royal Jordanian Airlines, Balkan-Bulgarian Airlines, Bangladesh Biman, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Eva Air, Garuda Indonesia, Iran Air, Japan Airlines, Kampuchea Airlines, Koran Airlines, Lufthansa, Pakistan Airlines, Phillipine Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Royal Dutch Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Sempati Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai International, and Uzbekistan Airlines.

Besides, AirAsia, the Asia’s leading and largest low-fare air has successfully revolutionized air travel in Malaysia and the region. It offers a simple “no frills” service at fares that are on average significantly lower than those offered by traditional full-service airlines. The airline has grown and now operates 100 point-to-point domestic and international flights across Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Macau, Shenzhen, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Philippines from its hub at the new Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) at KL International Airport and Senai Airport in Johor Bahru, Malaysia; Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand; and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Malaysia Airlines
Tel: (603) 7846 3000
Toll-Free: 1 300 88 3000 (within Malaysia)

AirAsia Berhad
Tel: (603) 7884 9000
Call Centre: 1 300 88 9933 (within Malaysia)

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)
KLIAKuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is located 70km south of city centre, Kuala Lumpur. The main access to and from Kuala Lumpur is via North-South Expressway and Elite Highway. Traveling time by car to and from the city is approximately 1 hour. Since the mid 1960s, Subang International Airport has served the air travel demands for this region and acted as the major international gateway for Peninsular Malaysia. However, Subang Airport could not cope with the rapid increase of air travel and studies concluded that it could not be readily expanded. Hence the need for a new airport.

In 1991, government officials undertook site selection studies. After much consideration and evaluation, Sepang was chosen as it met all aeronautical requirements, had sufficient land for expansion, and was within 30 minutes of traveling time from KL. Besides, the acquisition of the land did not pose as a problem since the greenfield site comprised primarily of ex-oil palm plantations and a small orang asli (aboriginal) population of 85, who were relocated to another place.

KLIA is the main gateway to the country. It was designed by award-winning Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, the building includes state-of-the-art facilities such as rapid baggage handling, duty-free stores, restaurants, and hotels for complete passenger comfort.

With the objective of making KLIA as an efficient, competitive, and aesthetically attractive airport, KLIA was to be developed in three phases. The first phase has begun since September 1998 and is capable of handling 25 million passengers and one million tons of cargo a year.

Some of the other features include fully automated and mechanical handling systems like moving walkways, automated baggage handling systems, baggage reconciliation systems, flight information displays and a tracked transit system. The airport is also designed to ensure reduced walking distance and transfer time for passengers.

The terminal and satellite buildings have been planned to offer the very best facilities to KLIA's users. The main terminal building (MTB) has simple and clear routes taking passengers quickly through the check-in and control processes to the main lounge where passengers will be able to relax amid a wide range of retail and catering facilities. The MTB is surrounded by landscaping zones through which various departures and arrival routes pass, thus creating the effect of an airport in the "forest".

From the airport, the new KLIA Ekspres train links KLIA with KL Sentral (Central Station) in just 28 minutes. Besides, various express buses, stage buses, taxi and limousines ply the route to the city and operate on a fixed-price coupon system (charged according to the destinations' zone) and the coupons are available in the Arrival Hall, Main Terminal Building.

Malaysia Airports
KL International Airport
64000 Sepang, Selangor
Tel: (603) 8777 8888

LCC Terminal – KLIA
LCCTThe Low-Cost Carrier Terminal – KLIA (LCCT) is located 20km from the main KLIA terminal and is an extension of the facilities already available at the KL International Airport. The LCCT is accessible from the Elite Expressway, North South Highway and the LDP highway.

The LCCT was built to meet the rapid increase in the number of passengers on budget airlines. In 2005, 23.2 million passengers passed through KLIA, of which 17.4% comprised passengers on low-cost airlines. Equipped to handle 10 million passengers a year, the LCCT can accommodate 30 aircraft at one time. The AirAsia family, including Indonesia AirAsia and Thai AirAsia, are among the low-cost carriers that utilize the terminals. Apart from 72 check-in counters for international and domestic departures, there are baggage screening machines, immigration counters and a common lounge.

The custom-built, 35,290 sq m terminal is a single storey building, equipped with all its operational facilities housed on the same level, including departure hall, arrival hall and car park. This ensures it is able to meet the need of low-cost carrier for quick turnaround time, and the easy movement of passengers.

LCC Terminal – KLIA
KL Internatinal Airport
64000 Sepang, Selangor
Tel: (603) 8777 8888
Fax: (603) 8777 6600

All airports in Malaysia are operated by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
Tel: (603) 7846 7777
Fax: (603) 7846 3300

International Airports Contacts
Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Sepang, Selangor
Tel: (603) 8776 2000
Fax: (603) 8926 5510

Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Sabah
Tel: (6088) 238 555 / 219 211
Fax: (6088) 8926 5510

Kuching International Airport, Sarawak
Tel: (6082) 454 242 / 617 005
Fax: (6082) 458 587

Langkawi International Airport, Kedah
Tel: (604) 956 1311
Fax: (604) 955 1314

Penang International Airport, Penang
Tel: (604) 643 4411
Fax: (604) 643 5339

Domestic Airports Contacts
Batu Berendam Airport, Melaka
Tel: (606) 317 5860
Fax: (606) 317 5214

Bintulu Airport, Sarawak
Tel: (6086) 339 163
Fax: (6086) 337 011

Labuan Airport, Labuan Federal Territory
Tel: (6087) 415 015 / 410 129
Fax: (6087) 410 129

Lahad Datu Airport, Sabah
Tel: (6089) 881 033
Fax: (6089) 881 618

Miri Airport, Sarawak
Tel: (6085) 615 271
Fax: (6085) 615 208

Sandakan Airport, Sabah
Tel: (6089) 667 786 / 4
Fax: (6089) 667 778

Sibu Airport, Sarawak
Tel: (6084) 307 770
Fax: (8084) 307 709

Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang, Selangor
Tel: (603) 7846 1050
Fax: (603) 7846 3679

Sultan Abdul Halim Airport, Alor Setar, Kedah
Tel: (604) 714 5845 / 2061
Fax: (604) 714 5345

Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, Ipoh, Perak
Tel: (605) 318 8200
Fax: (605) 312 2295

Sultan Hj Ahmad Shah Airport, Kuantan, Pahang
Tel: (609) 538 2023 / 4
Fax: (609) 538 2017

Sultan Ismail Airport, Johor Bahru, Johor
Tel: (607) 599 4500
Fax: (607) 599 6624

Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Kota Bahru, Kelantan
Tel: (609) 773 7400
Fax: (609) 773 2852

Sultan Mahmud Airport, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Tel: (609) 666 4201
Fax: (609) 666 3084

Tawau Airport, Sabah
Tel: (6089) 950 777
Fax: (6089) 950 780 / 1

Malaysia by Rail

Crossing the Peninsula, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTM) or Malayan Railways service has been moving people for more than a century. It connects to both Singapore (south) and Hatyai, Thailand (north). The trip from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur takes 7 to 10 hours; from Hatyai to Kuala Lumpur is about one day.

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad
KTMB Corporate Headquarters
Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
50621 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: (603) 2263 1111
Fax: (603) 2710 5760

Malaysia by Rail
For those visitors who entering Malaysia by car, it is not difficult from either Thailand or Singapore, and the North-South highway makes travel along the west coast quite convenient which takes only 10-12 hours from Singapore to the Thai border.

Visitors may board the buses from the Lavender Street Bus Terminal, Queen Street Bus Station, Ban San Terminal, Golden Mile Complex and Aeroline Bus Shuttle Terminal in Singapore to travel to many different points on peninsular Malaysia. Besides, buses from Bangkok or Hatyai in Thailand travel to both the West and East coasts of Malaysia as well as to Kuala Lumpur.
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