KLIA Now a ‘Silent’ Airport

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The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) will be reducing the number of public announcements it will make at its terminals, in its efforts to join the global “silent airport” movement.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), KLIA’s management body said boarding call announcements and public paging for passengers will stop completely, effective Dec 1.

“We advise all passengers to refer to the Flight Information Display Screens (FIDS) or speak to our Airport CARE Ambassadors for assistance,” it said on its Facebook page on Saturday (Dec 1).

Yusof Mat Isa

The rise of global travel and the diversity of languages spoken by travellers have led to noise pollution in the form of repeated announcements of the same information in all major languages used at airports.

This prompted a movement towards so-called “silent airports” where boarding calls and other non-essential announcement are no longer publicly made.

The London City Airport, Helsinki Airport, Barcelona’s El Prat Airport, Chennai Airport, Changi Airport and Cape Town International Airport have adopted the “silent airport” policy.