LANGKAWI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING – EXTENSION AND RENOVATION WORKS
Prior to 1987 the airport was only a small landing strip handling about 20 passengers a day. After major renovations, the first fully-fledged airport at Langkawi became operational on 1 July, 1987. Then on 2 November 1988, the first international flight started operations in Langkawi. Subsequently, in 1991, more improvements and developments were undertaken to reflect the increase in traffic from tourism and also to cater for the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA), which is held biennially.
Then in 1995, due to ongoing increase in air traffic, further major renovations were undertaken. HSS was appointed to engineer the redevelopment of the airport and extend the existing terminal building. A 160m long underground cable trench, measuring 3m wide and 1.5m deep, carried the mechanical and electrical services from the plant room to the terminal building.
HSS’s services also included civil/structural engineering inputs for the renovation and extension of the existing terminal building, as well as the elevated water tower, substation, suction tank, cable trench and hard landscape structure, earthworks, drainage, sewerage, roading and water supply. Implementation of the works was fast-tracked to minimise disruption. Currently, Langkawi International Airport has an annual passenger capacity of 2.5 million and a peak hour capacity of 1,000 passengers.