Malaysia’s largest and busiest airports are about to get a branding overhaul with a name change. In the coming months — although it’s not sure exactly when this change will be implemented — KLIA 1 and KLIA 2 will be known as KLIA Terminal 1 and KLIA Terminal 2, respectively.
The country’s Transport Minister Anthony Loke recently announced the tweak during a press conference following a cabinet meeting where the name change was agreed upon. “The proposal to rebrand KLIA and KLIA 2 are important for the commercial sustainability of KLIA and also the growth of airports throughout the country,” he said.
It’s hoped that this rebranding exercise will elevate the marketability of Malaysia’s main airports to that of the main airports in neighbouring capitals, such as Singapore’s Changi Airport and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
This name change will not be immediate as the rebranding is part of a new Operating Agreement (OA 2023) between the Malaysian government and Malaysia airports Holding Berhad (MAHB). Once the OA 2023 is signed between the two parties before the end of 2023’s first quarter, the name change will be left to MAHB to implement in its own time.
So, keep watching this space for updates!