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METAR FOR WMKK (Issued: Sat, September 5th 2015 1600 UTC):WMKK 051600Z 03003KT 9999 FEW017CB SCT140 BKN280 26/24 Q1014 NOSIG
Official Opening
On June 27th, 1998, the new RM9bil Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) - gateway to Malaysia and the region - was opened by His Royal Highness DYMM SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Ja'afar (paramount ruler of Malaysia). 

The airport can now cater 25 million passengers annually. The annual cargo-handling capacity is presently 650,000 tonnes. By 2020 the passengers handling capacity is expected to increase to 60 million and cargo handling increased to 1.2 million tonnes annually. KLIA has two runways and 106 aircraft parking stands compared to the single runway Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (former Subang Airport) that has 44 aircraft parking stands. 

Air Traffic Services were fully provided with the migration of Malaysia Airlines aircraft from Subang Airport to KLIA on Monday night 29th June. At 7.20am the next day, the first domestic departure, MH 1432 took off to Langkawi with the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohammad on board. The first international departure was a Malaysia Airlines flight MH84 to Beijing at 9am. The first domestic arrival was MH1263 from Kuantan at 7.10am. The first international flight arrival was MH188 from the Maldives at 7.30am. 

The Transport Minister Dato' Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik, officially launched the second runway on 8th October 1998. With the second runway in full operation, KLIA now offers simultaneous landings and take-offs.

Before the operation of the second runway, KLIA could only accommodate 30 to 35 aircraft movement per hour. Now it can handle 50 aircraft movement on a segregated mode, in which one runway is used solely for arrivals and the other for departures. Under mix mode operation, the two runways are capable of handling up to 60 aircraft movement per hour. Both runways are over 4000m long and 60 m wide and allow for all types of aircraft without payload restriction.