Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is the main international airport of Malaysia located actually in Sepang district, some 50km south of the capital of Kuala Lumpur, instead of what its name may suggest. KLIA is one of the largest airport in South East Asia and the top 8 most busiest airport in Asia.
KLIA won some of the Skytrax ‘s 2011 World Airport Awards in categories of the Worlds Best Airport 9th Place, Best Immigration Service, and World’s Staff Service Excellence 2nd Place.
Most international airlines will land their flights here in KLIA, except some of the budget airlines that will land at the LCCT, Low Cost Carrier Terminal next door which is accessible buy bus or taxi from KLIA main Satellite terminal. Satellite Terminal is a detached satellite building accommodating passengers who have checked into their flights or just landed before claiming their hold baggages. Passengers have to travel to or from the satellite building via the Aerotrain which connects it with the main terminal building of KLIA. This reminds me of the similar process found in Stansted Airport of London.
I haven’t posted any photos of the Satellite Terminal before eventhough I have departed from and arrived at the Satellite building quite a few time. So here are some of them just to show what travelers could expect when they first arrive at the gateway to Malaysia…
This is the boarding corridor with multiple gates for various flights.
Burberry, The Harrods, Montblanc and this Godiva Belgian chocolate are among the international top brands found in the Satellite Terminal. I’ve tried Godiva in Brussels but I prefer Neuhaus…
Passengers waiting for boarding can check the multi info screen at the centre of the building. Passengers who just arrived will need to follow the sign to take the aerotrain back to the main terminal to claim their baggages.
Various cafes and fast food chains are found in the terminal. Malaysian Recipe cafe is the local Malaysian styled cafe serving various Malaysian local foods but they are more expensive and less filling than what you can find elsewhere outside of the airport.
Various boutiques and Duty Free shops can also be found in the Satellite. The most popular shop would be the Duty Free shops selling products such as liquor and tobacco which are at least 40% cheaper than any shops of anywhere in Malaysia except airport.