Kuala Lumpur International Airport

AirCargo Terminal KLIA

Project Background

Malaysia is one of the Asian Tiger states, which recorded enormous economic growth in the 1990s. The development plan Wawasan 2020 (Vision 2020) describes the path to achieving the status of an Industrialised Country. For that reason, great value is attached to knowhow transfer in international projects. KLIA - Kuala Lumpur International Airport was planned as an international hub to compete directly with Changi Airport in Singapore, so the airport was set up on a large scale, with two handling agents for air cargo, MAS (Malaysian Airline Systems) and KLAS.


Project Task

Based on a draft design, aib – together with agiplan – was entrusted, besides planning services, with management tasks for the construction of an air cargo centre on the international airport then under construction in Kuala Lumpur. Services ordered by the Malaysian client were Feasibility Study, PDI Project Design and Implementation (comparable with service phases HOAI 1 - 8 as general planner) and Project Management and O+M Operations and Management. In addition, the planner and management team were awarded the contract by the airport operator for start-up management of the entire airport (ORAT Operational Readiness And Transfer) in cooperation with Munich Airport.


Contract Principal Representation vis-à-vis the Airport Authority

The 12 hectare site of the KLAS Air Cargo Campus had to be geared in all its inter-faces to the surrounding apron areas of the 100 km² airport site. In particular, this related in particular to the height of the taxiway, drainage and connection to utilities, Airport Security and Customs, as well as coordination of the deadlines.


Contract Principal Representation vis-à-vis the DMC – Design Monitoring Committee

The architectural design of the buildings on the KLAS Campus had to be coordinated with the airport authority and the airport’s architect, Kisho Kurokawa from Japan. aib took on that task – together with the local architecture firm engaged by us, Veritas – as representative of the contract principal. Architectural design, materials and execution details etc. were harmonised and approved in numerous meetings with the DMC.




Technical Contract Principal Consulting

The completion of the KLAS Cargo complex required execution techniques, above all in connection with the necessary finishing qualities and tolerances, which were essential for the installation of the warehousing and distribution technology, but largely unknown and unusual in the country. aib advised both KLAS and the general contractor carrying out the work in technical terms, Examples for this are completion of the floor slab within the tolerances of FEM, checking all static engineering calculations, fire safety, construction site workflows and organisation.


Deadline Checks

The entire KLIA airport was built in only 5 years and, during its execution, was the world’s biggest construction site. In the case of international airports, the pressure on timely completion is extraordinarily strong, especially given the fact that the delivery date had to be guaranteed as long as 6 months in advance in order to adjust the international flight schedules in good time. aib controlled the deadlines and advised KLAS and the general contractor carrying out the work in terms of efficient completion of the projects and acceleration techniques. The KLAS Campus was completed on time with ample buffer before the airport went into operation.


Costs Control

Based on the Anglo-American system of Quantity Surveying, volumes and costs are checked in Malaysia during the completion. The project was put out for tender in work packages with Earthworks,  Superstructure, Roofing and Cladding, HVAC / M+E Systems, Exterior Works and Built-in-Equipment (warehouse and conveyor systems). A bill of quantities with very precise dimensioning was drawn up for each package. Variances were established based on monthly quantity checks on the construction site, In this tasks segment, aib created overviews in which changes (additions, changes in volume etc.) were presented transparently as a bonus or penalty on the totals ordered for the individual work packages. With that, the client was kept fully abreast of the current costs situation at all times.



  • Projektinfo

    Client: KLAS Kuala Lumpur International Airport Services

    Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Gross Floor Area (GFA): 60,000 m²

    Construction Costs: 30.0 million EUR

    Team aib: Pieter F. den Haan, Bernd Heukelbach, Carsten Hille, Klaus-Dieter Hochwald, Joachim Conrad, Jürgen Reichardt

    aib Services: Comprehensive Architectural and Engineering Services, Project Management,

    Construction Management and Administration

    Design: aib GmbH


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