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Malaysia Airports Successfully Conducts The First Of The Kind Business Continuity Management Simulation Exercise In The Region

03 November 2008

Sepang, 3 November 2008 - Malaysia Airports successfully conducted a Business Continuity Management (BCM) simulation exercise for KL International Airport (KLIA) on 31 October 2008. The simulation exercise which is believed to be the first and largest of its kind for an airport in this region, focused on the recovery activities in the event of inaccessibility of the key passenger terminal.

The objective of this BCM exercise is to test the capability and coordination of all parties who have been operating in the key passenger terminal to transfer their operations to an alternate terminal in the event of a catastrophic incident at the airport. In addition it is to improve the timeliness and effectiveness of Malaysia Airports and relevant agencies to continue operations at the alternate terminal.

Dato' Seri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports said: "Malaysia Airports regularly conducts various emergency exercises such as aircraft crash exercise, fire drills and other emergency exercise. However, being a world class airport we always challenge ourselves to exceed the expectation of our stakeholders. Hence the enhancement of our business resilience strategy for the airport is our upmost commitment to our country, since KLIA is the gateway and also the critical infrastructure of Malaysia."

The exercise simulated the closure of the key passenger terminal due to a catastrophic incident which resulted in the need for operations to be resumed at another terminal. The exercise benefitted all the stakeholders of the airport by improving and streamlining coordination between the airport, airlines and the relevant agencies. It also enhances the existing contingency plans to include the recovery elements for an airport.

Malaysia Airport organised this exercise which involved approximately 600 participants, inclusive of the 6 major airlines and 8 airport agencies, which lasted for four hours from 11 pm to 3 am.

Prior to this exercise, Malaysia Airport has conducted numerous BCM workshops and the most recent was conducted on 23 October which was attended by approximately 100 participants. The workshops were designed to exercise the response, recovery and normalization activities following a disaster that results in the closure of the main terminal for several weeks.

Dato' Seri Bashir elaborated: "Although this exercise is not compulsory to be conducted under any civil aviation requirement, we will continue to organise this type of exercise in the future, with different scenarios to meet the dynamic environment of the airport. We have also plans to extend this exercise to other airports in Malaysia."


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