**** P and Q gates are a long walk away. Make sure you factor that in if you walk slow. I usually work out a sweat and hate the long walks. One travelator only.
**** Visa Paywave no longer gets discounts on KLIA Transit or KLIA Express.
So here it is.
Wrote this in 20 minutes and took photos whilst walking and had no time to bother about quality. This is my good deed for the day.
No frills, low quality pictures post. If you do not like it, you can go kiss me between the back pockets. I am writing this to share with you and if you do not appreciate it, well, get lost, literally in the airport.
First, let me say : THERE IS NO MORE LCCT LOW COST CARRIER TERMINAL whatsoever. ( I am hoping Google picks up these as tags)
You have to be pretty un-savvy to get lost in an airport. This means that you were too stuck up to ask for help and unable to follow instructions.
So what are my credentials? I fly every week. If you asked me to list the airports I have been to, please use both hands and both feet.
So, the easiest way for me was to take the KLIA Ekspres from KL Sentral to KLIA2 via KLIA. Now, the ride will cost the same as KLIA at RM35. Use Visa Paywave and get 20% off. I used my UOB SG debit card. Boom, the price became RM 28. Must tap at the gantry and exit. Just like Touch n Go or EzLink. Line up at the counter and you pay RM35. Some people may tell me it is not worth the hassle or whatever but…I fly every week so savings of RM7 multiplied by 52 times a year is…….boom.
So, take the train from KL Sentral all the way to KLIA.
STAY ON the train. It will hop over to KLIA2.
Once you exit the train, head up the escalator and then scan your card or insert ticket at the exit gantry. Now this is where it gets interesting.
Think of KLIA2 as a waterfall and you are at the bottom.
I turned right and went up a level. Now will be a good time to pay attention and look for your flight and the departure gate.
There will be information staff holding large ? mark signs for you to ask. Be polite ( I cannot stress how many assholes live in the world and are born daily).
So, being polite, ask where is your gate.
You will need to go up a few escalators to go to the departure level.
Now, look for AirAsia or whatever airline you are using.
Hopefully, you have web checked in prior to arriving at the airport.
Locate the document check counter, show them your passport and let them stamp you printout.
If you’ve noticed, this is a public area and there are tons of people. Go towards the departure gates. See that purple banner?
Okay, bigger. Now, show the security your boarding pass and passport. The area afterwards is Passengers Only.
Then, there is a “security scan”. This is bullshit and a way to get you to line up only. Just scan your stuff. I went thru without taking off my belt or taking up my tablets or whatever laptop. The security staff was more interested to see time pass for her shift to be over if anything.
So I looked back and there was AirAsia staff guiding people.This is where a large display showing the departure gates and timings would have been useful but leave it to Malaysia Airports Berhad to overlook it. So I asked the dude there and he had to look at his phone which had a JPG screenshot of the departure display. Pathetic right?
Please note. There are P, Q and L gates. DO NOT miss them. L gates are on the right and do not go forward.
I was walking to L gate and you have to go downstairs apparently.
Down down down and you will be greeted by a large line at………..the security scans. Again. Malaysia likes to increase redundancy. This ensures that there are job opportunities. It takes 10 people to screw in a light bulb, so the story goes.
Boom. There you go. take off your belt and watches and put them in your bag. take out your handphones too and put them in the bag. If you have laptops or tablets, take them out and place them in the tray. I have gone thru these so many times, I know it won’t beep when I walk thru the scanner. If you think this is a hassle, wait till they adopt TSA standards in US airports and demand that you take off your shoes and also go thru the Xray scanners that basically scan you nude. ( Think Xray googles for 25cents fantasy coming true but you are being scanned)
Be a good boy and listen to me. You will go thru faster and everyone is happy. I have cursed so many people who brought water and had to rescan 3 times because there were from the village.
Once you are thru, look back and sigh.
So, the wing is really small and compact. There is not much space. Walls are close to one another but at least, there are proper gates.
It is good that they split the international departures to 3 wings. This reduces the chaos and provides better chance for maintenance.
Sempit. Imagine two way traffic and one trolley blocking the path.
I think I have made my point. Traffic jams will happen.
There are actual gates.
After your gate opens and your ticket is scanned,torn, taken by the staff, you either head down or go into a holding area.
Something like this.
I just sat there and waited for the boarding call.
Good thing is, there is the aero bridge so no walking in the heat or rain. Trust me, you end up paying a bit extra on your ticket for this but the price of this conveninece is worth it.
And you feel classier.
So, to cap back.
- Take the ERL KLIA Eskpres from KL Sentral to KLIA2.
- Stay on the train at KLIA.
- Once you exit the trains and scan your exit ticket, go right or left and head up. Look for the depature information.
- Remember it.
- Then head up again to the Departure Level.
- Check in at your counter.
- Head to the Departure Hall via the first security check. You present tickets and scan your bags. Simple scan.
- Then look for the signs that show P,Q or L gates.
- Follow the signs and then go thru the actual security scans. Empty pockets and take our your tablets and laptops.
- Head to your gate.
What shops are there? There is a large number of shops. In my 30 minutes zooming from train to gate, I saw lots of retail and eateries. You can Google to find out what shops they have.
I won’t spoon feed you. Oh yes, there is Free Wifi but as usual, it depends if you get a signal and if the service is up.
Ouch, my eyes hurt from the out of focus pictures. So bloggers, if you think it is acceptable. No it is not. I do not enjoy out of focus (OOF) photos and this is me giving you back a dose of the medicine.
I say it is acceptable seeing I did not plan on writing this post and since I feel nice enough to save you lost sheep, do enjoy and safe travelling.
I would say KLIA2 is way better than LCCT. Not too bad but leave it to the people to screw things up. Humans mess simple things up. I would recommend you leave earlier to the airport. Let’s just say,arrive 3 hours before departure. For me, I will arrive 90 mins before departure next time.
Okay, thanks bye.