KLIA Climbs Rank On World’s Top 100 Airports List While Changi Airport Dips After 8 Years

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) has climbed up the global airport ranking on the annual Skytrax World’s Top 100 Airports list amid the pandemic, climbing 8 spots from its lowest position last year.

KLIA now places 55th on the list, in contrast to its highest ranking in 2001 when it took the second spot on the list. It has since dropped out of the top 10 tier in 2013, when it fell to 14th place.

Meanwhile, Singapore’s Changi Airport is no longer the world’s best airport. It has fallen from its perennial spot at the top of the list, holding its title for 8 consecutive years, to land in third place this year.

KLIA2, however, managed to stay in the top 10 last year. Coming in 6th place for World’s Best Low-Cost Airline Terminal 2020, reports were omitted this year due to insufficient data.

“Due to Covid-19 having such a major impact on airline travel in 2020/2021 and many low-cost terminals being closed, the award for the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline Terminal could not be equitably determined for this category. These awards will be reinstated for the 2022 World Airport awards,” Skytrax said in a statement.

In accordance with relaxed SOPs in Phase 2 states, allowing long distance spouses and parents to travel interstate/inter-district to see reunite with their loved ones, Malaysia Airlines now offers fares as low as RM89 on its Economy Lite category from August 10 until September 30.

“We believe it is also crucial to operate a flight with a fully vaccinated crew as well as frontline teams, as it is important to welcome our passengers to fly confidently with us,” says group chief executive officer Captain Izham Ismail.