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Malaysia Plans $1 Billion Spending to Improve Congested Airports

  • Amount planned for next five years, airport operator says
  • Hong Kong, Singapore among airports upgrading in Asia
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Malaysia plans to spend about $1 billion over the next five years to refurbish and expand its airports as the Southeast Asian country paces infrastructure growth with a surge in passenger traffic, its main airport operator said.

“My main terminal may require some upgrade,” said Badlisham Ghazali, managing director of state-controlled Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd., referring to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. “There are other airports that have grown beyond capacity,” including the tourist island of Langkawi, Kota Bharu in the north and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, he said.