Almost 500 Flights Affected To Make Way For The National Day Airshow

If you're flying anywhere next week, do take note!

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Almost 500 Flights Affected To Make Way For The National Day Airshow
Image: Astro Awani / Bernama
If you have travel plans coming up before the long Merdeka weekend, you may have to be on standby.

As with every year, a Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) airshow training will be taking place next week to gear up for the National Day celebration.

Due to this, the airspace around the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA2 vicinity will be closed for 90 minutes in the morning of 27 August to 31 August.

90 minutes is a pretty long delay.
This closure will affect nearly 100 flights a day for five days between 9am and 10.30am next week.

According to the New Straits Times, the Transport Ministry has urged all airlines to alert their passengers to replan their journey if their flights are affected.

A total of 498 flights may experience changes in schedule, which include the following:
  • 98 flights (24 arrivals and 74 departures) on 27 August
  • 101 flights (30 arrivals and 71 departures) on 28 August
  • 99 flights (26 arrivals and 73 departures) on 29 August 
  • 99 flights (28 arrivals and 71 departures) on 30 August
  • 101 flights (31 arrivals and 70 departures) on 31 August

Check your flight schedule again, guys.
So, if you booked any trips flying in or out of Kuala Lumpur in the morning of the dates mentioned above, do take note and stay in touch with the airline you're travelling with for the latest information regarding your flight schedule.

"Although the National Day 2018 flypast will also affect flight operations at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (LTSAAS) in Subang, the  Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) will ensure that air traffic (at the LTSAAS) remains safe and efficient, without the air space having to be closed," the ministry said in a statement.

The RMAF helicopter crew from a previous National Day celebration.
This isn't the first time that the airspace will be closed for an event like this.

The 2018 National Day airshow will be held in Putrajaya this year, unlike the ones previously held in Kuala Lumpur. So, the celebration this time will be closer to the two international airports.

Hence why the closure is necessary to ensure a smooth airshow practice conducted by the RMAF, as well as safety for all aircrafts in the area.

"I hope the public can also give their cooperation as this was inevitable as we are celebrating our Independence Day," Transport Minister Anthony Loke told The Sun.

No matter what happens, let's hope we wouldn't be stranded for too long at the airport next week because nobody likes flight delays!

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