KLIA Aeropolis to become first eWTP outside China

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Kualu Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia

Development of KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) Aeropolis DFTZ Park is on course, sources from the joint venture building what will be the world’s first e-world trade platform (eWTP) outside of China, have told Air Cargo Week

Work progress is on track for site handover in August 2018 to the joint venture company for facilities development. The facility will be fully operational in 2020, Malaysia Airports managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said of KLIA Air Cargo Terminal 1 (KACT1).
KACT1 is located within KLIA Aeropolis’ Air Cargo & Logistics cluster development and currently houses the e-commerce regional distribution centre for Pos Malaysia and Lazada.

The new facility will have 1.2 million sq ft gross floor area (GFA) for a cargo terminal, sorting centre, warehouse and operations office.

An expected RM800 million ($200 million) will be invested into its infrastructure, facilities, systems and equipment. DFTZ is expected to more than double KLIA’s cargo volume to 1.5 million tonnes in the next ten years.

Our decision to convert the former low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) to KACT1 has provided the capacity for the expected increase in cargo traffic, Ghazali says.

Malaysia Airports are developing the site in a joint venture with Cainiao Network the logistics arm of the Alibaba group’s who confirmed the details to ACW. “It’s part of eWTP,” one Cainiao official told ACW. The official declined to discuss the facilities’ expected volumes.