KLIA maintenance team on high alert for storms

The roof of certain parts of KLIA was damaged and a road near one of the runways was flooded during a storm yesterday. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Airport operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) today said the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) maintenance team is on high alert following stormy weather in the last few days.

In a statement, MAHB said the team will remain on high alert because, according to the Meteorological Department, the inter-monsoon season will continue until early November.

During this time, it said, thunderstorms with heavy rainfall and strong winds are expected.

MAHB said KLIA had experienced extreme weather conditions yesterday, causing damage to the roof of certain parts of the airport and flash floods on a road near one of the runways.

“Heavy rain had caused areas in and around the airport to take a hit, including damage to the roof of the Airport Management Centre (AMC), flash floods around the perimeter road near Runway 2, fallen trees along the terminal roads, and leakage to the roof of Flying Emporium, an outlet at the KLIA Main Terminal domestic departure.

“Due to swift action by the airport operations team and community, the situation at Flying Emporium was under control within an hour,” it said.

MAHB said that repairs to the damage were ongoing and the maintenance team would be reinforcing the drainage system in anticipation of continuing heavy rain.

“We wish to remind the public to be more careful on the road and to observe traffic rules and avoid parking by the roadside to ensure your safety,” it said.

Videos of the damage to the Flying Emporium posted by airport visitors went viral on social media.