Protection fears in klia2 with bumpy taxiways, sinking aircraft parking bays

Protection fears have cropped up again within klia2 as taxiways and airplane parking bays are slowly sinking due to torrential rain and effect from the hundreds of aircraft landings and take-offs at the new budget airport terminal.

Plane tyre on soft ground at klia2. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 20, 2014. Aviation industry sources told The particular Malaysian Insider that there was “ponding” or water collecting in the airport terminal apron on Sunday after large rain fell over the RM4 billion dollars airport terminal in Sepang, Selangor, fourteen days after opening for business.

They also said there were reviews of some AirAsia Airbus 320 passenger aircraft moving on the bumpy parking bays despite having safety-chocks to block the wheels through turning. AirAsia is the airport terminal’s biggest customer.

“What happened was when brakes were released on the main wheel, the aircraft moved back due to the slope/depression. In this case, the momentum was just enough to cause it to climb and stop within the chock. The aircraft chocks that people used are as per Airbus specifications.

“This has been happening every day and we have asked our guys not to be anywhere at the rear of the aircraft when we release the brakes. It’s becoming very harmful, ” a source told The Malaysian Insider.

It is learned that AirAsia is working with airport terminal operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) to resolve the matter although the airport terminal had passed checks by the Worldwide Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) weeks before it opened for company.

Plane tyre over the safety chock in klia2. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 20, 2014. The new airport terminal is some two kilometres west of the KLIA major terminal. The 10, 000ha associated with land where the KLIA is sited was previously an oil palm and rubber estate and a swamp forest, where klia2 is located.

It is understood that MAHB workers have been busy resurfacing the tarmac at the klia2 terminal after AirAsia officials complained of the soft surface conditions, and are using densiphalt – a composite paving material associated with asphalt and concrete, rather than just asphalt that is normally used for such places.

Plane's main gear in depression at klia2. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 20, 2014. One pilot filed a report in order to his airline saying he experienced “five depressions” on taxiway U4 at the airport.

“We have felt a very hard effect to the aircraft when taxiing with speed around 15 knots.

“Three of them are at zone wing P before the sky link when taxiing towards runway 33. As I remember it’s abeam bay P3 & P5. The other 2 around bay Q7. Will update further if manage to taxi upon U4 again, ” the initial said in the report sighted from the Malaysian Insider.

The particular pilot also told his air travel that he had been avoiding taxiway U4 since May 11 by “requesting other taxi routing from surface if traffic permits for pax comfort”.

AirAsia, Asia’s biggest budget carrier, provides 80 percent of the passengers using the terminal by means of its domestic, regional and worldwide flights which adds up to 400 airplane movements a day. The other airlines operating there include Malindo Air, Cebu Pacific Air, Tiger Airways Singapore, Lion Air and Indonesia’s Mandala Airlines.

The airport terminal, which has a capacity of 45 million passengers annually, was built to replace the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) near the KLIA cargo centre. However the project that began construction last year suffered several delays due to design changes and extensive earthworks.

The budget also ballooned through RM2 billion to RM4 billion dollars which MAHB said was due to several requests from AirAsia along with other agencies. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has queried the project gaps and cost, including a RM100 million government grant for the Express Rail Link (ERL) extension to the terminal.

AirAsia had also initially refused to move in upon May 9, citing concerns more than flight operations and security yet Putrajaya ordered the carrier in order to shift, saying it would stop immigration and customs checks in the LCCT after that date. – May twenty, 2014. Ponding near one of the parking bays at klia2 late Sunday. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 20, 2014.


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Safety fears have opened again in klia2 as taxiways and aircraft parking bays are usually slowly sinking due to torrential rainfall and impact from the hundreds of airplane landings and take-offs at the new budget airport terminal.

Plane tyre on soft ground at klia2. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 20, 2014. Aviation industry resources told The Malaysian Insider that there was “ponding” or water collecting in the airport apron on Sunday after heavy rain fell on the RM4 billion airport terminal in Sepang, Selangor, two weeks after opening for business.

They also stated there were reports of some AirAsia Airbus 320 passenger aircraft moving forward the bumpy parking bays regardless of having safety-chocks to block the wheels from turning. AirAsia will be the airport terminal’s biggest customer.

“What happened was whenever brakes were released on the major wheel, the aircraft moved back due to the slope/depression. In this case, the energy was just enough to cause it to rise and stop on the chock. The airplane chocks that we used are according to Airbus specs.

“This has been happening every day and we have asked our guys not to become anywhere behind the aircraft when we release the brakes. It’s getting very dangerous, ” a source informed The Malaysian Insider.

It is learnt that AirAsia will be working with airport operator Malaysia International airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) to resolve the matter although the airport had passed inspections by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) weeks before it opened for business.

Plane tyre over the safety chock in klia2. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 20, 2014. The new airport terminal will be some two kilometres west from the KLIA main terminal. The 10, 000ha of land where the KLIA is sited was previously an oil palm and rubber estate along with a swamp forest, where klia2 is located.

It is understood that will MAHB workers have been busy resurfacing the tarmac at the klia2 terminal after AirAsia officials complained from the soft ground conditions, and are making use of densiphalt – a composite introducing material of asphalt and cement, rather than just asphalt that is normally used for such areas.

Plane's main gear in depression at klia2. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 20, 2014. One pilot submitted a report to his airline stating he experienced “five depressions” upon taxiway U4 at the airport.

“We have felt a very hard impact to the aircraft whenever taxiing at speed around fifteen knots.

“Three of these are at zone wing P before the sky bridge when taxiing in the direction of runway 33. As I remember it can abeam bay P3 & P5. The other 2 around bay Q7. Will update further if find a way to taxi on U4 again, ” the pilot said in the survey sighted by The Malaysian Insider.

The pilot also informed his airline that he had been staying away from taxiway U4 since May 11 by “requesting other taxi routing from ground if traffic permits for pax comfort”.

AirAsia, Asia’s biggest budget service provider, provides 80% of the passengers using the terminal through its domestic, regional and international flights which results in 400 aircraft movements a day. Another airlines operating there include Malindo Air, Cebu Pacific Air, Gambling Airways Singapore, Lion Air and Indonesia’s Mandala Airlines.

The airport terminal, which has a capacity associated with 45 million passengers annually, had been built to replace the Low Cost Company Terminal (LCCT) near the KLIA packages centre. But the project that began construction in 2009 suffered several gaps due to design changes and extensive earthworks.

The budget also ballooned from RM2 billion in order to RM4 billion which MAHB stated was due to several requests through AirAsia and other agencies. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has queried the project delays and cost, including a RM100 million government grant for the Express Rail Link (ERL) extension to the terminal.

AirAsia had also initially refused to move in on May 9, citing concerns over flight operations and security but Putrajaya ordered the carrier to shift, saying it will stop immigration and customs inspections in the LCCT after that date. – May 20, 2014. Ponding near one of the parking bays at klia2 late Sunday. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 20, 2014.

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