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27 Aug 2019 | 10:04 AM UTC

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) airspace to close due to Independence celebrations August 27-31

Malaysia News Alert

Independence Day rehearsals and festivities cause airspace at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) to close on August 27-31

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/27/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/1/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kuala_Lumpur). COUNTRY/REGION Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur International Airport


Kuala Lumpur will host Independence Day celebrations, Hari Merdeka, on Saturday, August 31. A major annual parade is scheduled, including a rally and a royal procession and is expected to end at Merdeka Square. Associated celebratory events are expected across the country.

The airspace at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) will therefore be closed from Tuesday, August 27, through Saturday, August 31, from 09:00 (local time) through 10:30. The closure is due to rehearsals and a military airspace parade. Flights originally scheduled to depart between these times have been rescheduled.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions - particularly road closures - are expected in the capital. Similar disruptions are likely in other major urban areas around the country.


Malaysia is celebrating its 62nd year of independence from the United Kingdom.


Individuals in Malaysia, particularly in Kuala Lumpur, and those flying via KUL are advised to monitor the situation, confirm travel itineraries, anticipate increased travel times due to high traffic and increased security measures, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities. Be alert and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the local authorities.


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