In these years, there are many new airports launched across Asia especially with strong travel growth across to accommodate more passengers. Now airport is not just an ordinary place to take flight. It has as well evolved become destination itself with its facility, dining choices or even shopping place. It make transit in between journey not painful, but enjoyable experience.
LCCT itself had successfully became a travel hub especially in Asia to travel across in budget way. While Changi airport is known best hub and airport for flight in Asia, but LCCT surpass Changi airport in term of budget travelling. It had successfully transformed Kuala Lumpur became low cost hub in Asia.
Due to the growth of the budget travel, LCCT was no longer be able to accommodate the passenger traffic, it needs to be replaced by new airport with larger terminal. It’s now replaced by KLIA 2, a new brand airport in Kuala Lumpur, the largest airport built specifically for low cost airline. It has now been opened even though experienced a delay of opening for several times.
I had used LCCT for my flight quite frequently these years to travel across. It’s a functional terminal with affordable meal choices and good transportation choice to the city. Now it will become my memory as it had stopped being used as passenger terminal. I was excited during my trip last week to Brunei which will use the brand new terminal, KLIA 2. It had just being opened to be used a week earlier before my flight.
Before my flight, I had searched the information to know much about the new terminal, especially the transit time in between my flight was quite short, only about one and half hour. Hence any delay or unexpected events may caused me missed my flight. My anxiety grows as my flight from Changi to Kuala Lumpur delay one hour due to traffic congestion at Changi, fortunately the flight managed to arrive and delay only half hour than the schedule, means I had only one hour in between. Good thing for our flight this time is just a short flight, only with cabin bag. We had performed online check line earlier and noticed for our flight between KL – Brunei do not need to pass the document verification counter.
In LCCT before, we will need to get out of immigration and check in back to departure terminal unless we purchase flight thru ticket. Transit in KLIA 2 is now more smooth and enjoyable as we don’t need to go out the immigration and check in back. You can directly go straight to your gate. This facility with the note that you do not need Visa/ document check for your next flight should you do not have baggage with you. Please allocate sufficient time as the airport is large and can take half hour to your gate with long walk.
Once you landed, look for the domestic/ International transfer green sign. You should find this sign before reaching the arrival and immigration hall. You will then find the transfer counter. The elevator for transfer is on the left corner of the transfer counter. Take the elevator and pass the security check before you can walk to your terminal. You will have another security check in front of your terminal.
On arrival side, you will also see the sign for the KLIA express, it’s express train to go to KLIA terminal or go to the city. It’s more direct compared to the LCCT before, as people before need to go to old KLIA terminal to take the express train. Now the Airasia tune hotel can also be reached with short walk from arrival terminal.
The new KLIA 2 have 3 gates, P, Q and L. Tranfer in between can take quite a long time. For my flight last week, I had used both L and Q gate. For one Q gate itself, number of gates inside is already surpassed the old LCCT.
The design of P gate and Q gate is quite different. For P gate, it’s more closed gate where for each gate number for P gate, you will have room with gate in front. Meanwhile for Q gate, it’s adopted open gate area. The Q gate has long corridor which reminded me on old Changi budget terminal.
So far, I think I enjoy the KLIA 2 much better than the previous LCCT. The only lack of this terminal is non availability of water fountain like in Changi. Even though, KLIA2 said to be built for low cost airline, but it’s very comfortable, same with other terminal, and I think this terminal is much comfortable compare to the old KLIA terminal used by full service airline. I just hope this convenience not causing the airport fee increased much later on.