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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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.
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