LBA From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 494 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2375 times:
Not really a trip report more a commentary about this airport.
Just returned from a trip to Malaysia and one of the flights we took was from KL to Pangkor with Berjaya Air. Berjaya Air operate from Subang Airport - the old KL international. They are the only scheduled service using the airport. MAS engineering are still there as are Eurocopter Malaysia and a few private jets and helicopters.
The whole experience at this airport was surreal! We were dropped off outside an empty terminal building - absolutely no one around. Entered the old check-in hall and it was like the Marie Celeste. The airport felt like everyone had left in a hurry. We wandered round for five minutes trying to find where to go - no signs anywhere! Imagine an international airport empty! Quite a strange place to be.
We found a small sign saying Berjaya air check in and we followed it. We eventually ended up in the old departure lounge area where some check in desks and an x ray machine had been installed. The guys on the x ray machine had all their families with them as it was the Eid - they obviously had to work so took their wives and kids with them! All 6 of us checked in then we wandered to Gate 36.
A Dash 7 was outside with the engines running, after 5 minutes the engines stopped and 40+ people got off - this plane had gone tech.
Our Dash 7 arrived on time and we all boarded, so from 6 pax there were now full! We were the last to board and ended up in row 1, which faces backwards! An hour later we landed on the half mile long Pangkor airstrip.
If you want to experience something different in aviation this trip is a definate must.
KEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2317 times:
Imagine an international airport empty!
Hardly surprising considering the only scheduled operator from SZB is the tiny Berjaya Air, which maintains a fleet of only Dash 7. I guess you can still call it "international airport" as Berjaya Air still flies to Koh Samui (Thailand) and Padang (Indonesia) from SZB. Although the airport is now virtually deserted, the roads leading to the airport can still get very busy especially during the 6pm rush hour, and you'd see cars parked almost everywhere. MAS still maintains a lot of office space around the airport complex (not within the old terminals) and I don't think they are in any rush to move elsewhere. There are also surprisingly still plenty of activities going on around the airport complex, with long stretches of restaurants/cafes and other commercial activities. And all these are definitely not for the benefit of MAS employees alone.