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Malaysian Airports Will Only Close If Horizontal Visibility Drops Below 400 metres

It’s currently still visible at 2,000 metres.

malaysian airports will only close if horizontal visibility drops below 400 metres

Main image via  Bernama

According to Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), Malaysian airports will only enforce low visibility operating procedures when horizontal visibility drops below 400 metres.

 

As of 2pm on Wednesday, 11 September 2019, the horizontal visibility at the airport areas is still safe at 2000 metres, despite the ongoing haze.

 

A spokesperson from Malaysia Airports told Bernama that airport authorities can suspend all airside operations based on the advice of the Air Traffic Control and if the horizontal visibility drops below 400 metres.

 

The last time an airport in Malaysia was closed due to the haze was back in 2015, when the Langkawi International Airport was forced to close temporarily for over 3 hours, causing passengers to be stranded at the terminal building.

 

The horizontal visibility was only 500 metres then.

malaysian airports will only close if horizontal visibility drops below 400 metres

Image via The Sun

The Civil Aviation Authority explained that airports today are equipped with more modern and sophisticated systems, including the Instrument Landing System (ILS) and the Surface Movement Radar System (SMR). These types of equipment can assist with facilitating aircraft landing in a haze.

 

Hopefully, the haze will not worsen anytime soon!

 

Info via Malay Mail

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