50 flights de­layed, 1,500 peo­ple af­fected

MORE than 50 flights out of KLIA were de­layed yes­ter­day due to a short­age of bag­gage han­dlers after timetable mix-up.

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HASHINI KAVISHTRI KANNAN PU­TRA­JAYA hashini@nst.com.my

MORE than 1,500 pas­sen­gers were af­fected when 50 flights were de­layed due to a bag­gage han­dling is­sue at the

Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Malaysia Air­ports Hold­ings Bhd (MAHB) man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Datuk Badlisham Ghaz­ali said flight de­lays be­gan at 7.30am due to is­sues faced by its ground han­dler, AeroDarat Ser­vices.

He said due to change in shift pat­terns and ros­ter is­sues of the ser­vice, there was a short­age of man­power.

“A lot of work­ers did not turn up for work to­day, caus­ing a short­age of man­power. This led to a de­lay in han­dling pas­sen­gers’ bag­gage.”

Badlisham said the de­lays were be­tween 10 min­utes and an hour, in­volv­ing pas­sen­gers of in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic flights.

“MAHB is as­sist­ing the ground han­dler in ev­ery way we can to over­come this in­con­ve­nience.”

In a Face­book post, MAHB ad­vised pas­sen­gers to con­tact their air­lines should they ex­pe­ri­ence any de­lay.

A MAHB spokesman said the is­sue was rec­ti­fied around noon.

It had caused de­lays to flights to and from in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic des­ti­na­tions, such as Pe­nang, Kuch­ing, Kota Kin­a­balu, Sin­ga­pore, Kan­sai, Osaka and Dhaka.

PIX COURTESY OF READER

A pile of bag­gage at the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Sepang yes­ter­day.

Work­ers at­tend­ing to pas­sen­gers’ bag­gage at the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day.

Datuk Badlisham Ghaz­ali

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