An easy way to Subang Airport?

This letter, Make it easy for travellers going to Terminal 3, please discusses the revival of the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (SSAAS or Subang) Airport and the problems with accessing the airport.

Public transport access to the airport is relatively good (with RapidKL and Metrobus routes) but not during peak hours.  This is because of the traffic congestion on the Federal Highway and portions of Subang Airport Road.

The writer raises suggestions for improved rail service to the Subang Airport by extending the Kelana Jaya LRT line to Subang Airport.

TRANSIT agrees with the idea of an LRT extension in the long term but in the short term, we prefer a different, and far cheaper option – a KTM shuttle train.  From the image below, you can see that just west of Subang Jaya KTM station, there is a spur line that reaches up to the airport.

Subang Airport area with Existing Rail Link and Komuter (coloured)
This image of the Subang area shows the Sri Subang railway subdivision (in red) that links the Pelabuhan Klang line (in blue) to the airport. The Kelana Jaya LRT line (purple) is at to the top right while the Subang Airport Road (yellow) cuts through the middle.

This spur is known as the Sri Subang line. The government has recently indicated that they are interested in the extension, double-tracking and electrification of this line for commuter service to Subang and northern parts of Shah Alam.

Proposed Sri Subang Station platform
Proposed Sri Subang Station platform - image courtesy of Subang Skypark

Interestingly enough, Subang Skypark, the managers of the Terminal 3 complex, have shown that they are aware of the potential for a rail link and have included renderings of a “Sri Subang” station in their website (see image above).  The proposal has also been covered in the news.

See more images:

Platform
Outside Daytime

TRANSIT proposes that, for the moment – a diesel shuttle train service be run from KL Sentral station to Subang Airport with 2 station stops along the way – Jalan Templer and Setia Jaya.

The problem is that the rail link actually ends at the south end of the airport complex, quite a distance from the terminal buildings.

In the short term, once the passengers reach the airport complex, then they would need to board a shuttle bus to get to the terminal and the security area.

We think KTMB could provide a shuttle train while MAS/Firefly and MAHB could pay for the costs of upgrading the lines and building a proper station at the airport.

We also suggest that RapidKL extend their T607 (Kelana Jaya Station – Ara Damansara) local shuttle bus route to service the Subang Airport.

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10 thoughts on “An easy way to Subang Airport?”

  1. The line runs to the right of Hicom-Glenmarie Industrial Park. A halt there would better serve the workers compared to Batu Tiga station, wouldn’t it?

    1. A good thought for a future line.

      Once the Sri Subang is double tracked, electrified and extended past the airport, there will definitely need to be a station at Glenmarie.

      Regards,

      Moaz Yusuf Ahmad
      on behalf of TRANSIT

  2. Moaz,

    You might want to change the aerial photo which seems to date from the days before KLIA with the 747 taking off from T1. Google Maps is now showing scrubs and grass where the green terminal used to be. The Skypark is approx. 2km away from the roundabout.

    1. Thanks Ethan

      We were looking for a better picture given that this one was “upside down” (though, who ever said north was “up” anyways) and more importantly, a little bit out of date.

      Look for an updated picture to be posted later today.

      Regards,

      Moaz on behalf of TRANSIT

  3. it was a very good idea to have an extension of public railway to subang airport since now Firefly operates there. I SUPPORT!

  4. Hi, may I know, where can I get a bus to got persada plus(near to subang toll)? I’ve any offer at there and travel to there using public transport. Can anyone help me?

    1. Hi Fara

      Unfortunately, there are no buses that will take you close to Persada PLUS. The closest will be T607 from Kelana Jaya LRT station, but this only goes as close as Subang Airport Road and SS7 in Kelana Jaya.

      If you were to take that bus, you would have to get off at the GLOMAC complex, walk to the toll plaza and cross the plaza to get to the control centre.

      Regards, Moaz for TRANSIT

  5. so basically there is no any other way to get to the subang airport by public transportation except taxi? is firefly the only airline operate there? o..boy…heard many positive reviews on this airline-firefly but given its location…alamak mcm mana nk pg airport mcm ni…i prefer not to drive…

    1. @Zaidi

      There is a RapidKL bus (U81 as we recall) and a Metrobus route (#36?) that go past the airport on the way to Subang 2 / Mah Sing development.

      We have checked the RapidKL website and cannot find any information, so it would be best to contact them directly to find out about the bus route.

      Firefly is currently the only revenue airline operating at Subang Airport, but they now operate at KLIA as well for their long distance trips (to Kota Kinabalu & Kuching).

      We have suggested to Firefly that they introduce a shuttle bus between KLIA and Subang Airport, with a stop at the KTM Komuter station at Subang Jaya or Batu Tiga.

      Regards, Moaz for TRANSIT

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