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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Runway KLIA closed due to WWII Bomb

SEPANG - Flights landing and taking off at KL International Airport (KLIA) between 11am to 12pm as well as from 3pm to 4pm were rescheduled due to operational reasons.

Both runways at KLIA were closed during this period to allow for a recovery operation caused by the discovery of a post World War 2 bomb at the KLIA 2 construction site.

The Royal Malaysia Police had secured the area and worked closely with the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and Malaysia Airports to manage the situation. The authorities had decided to detonate the bomb on site and, as a precautionary measure, had advised Malaysia Airports to close both runways during these periods.

A total of 45 arrivals and 46 departures were affected during this staggered two-hour runway closure. Airlines that were affected include Malaysia Airlines (MAS), AirAsia, AirAsia X, Firefly, Garuda, Iran Air, Silk Air, AirAsia Indonesia, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, Tiger Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Pakistan Airlines and Eva Air.

All these airlines were notified accordingly in order for them to advise their passengers on the flight retiming. Malaysia Airports worked closely with the authorities to ensure the safety of the passengers which remains our top priority.

Both runways resumed normal operations by 3.26pm today, which was earlier than scheduled.

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