Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) (IATA: KUL, ICAO: WMKK) is Malaysia’s main international airport and is also one of the major airports of South East Asia, giving it huge, even multinational, catchment area. It is about 50 kilometres (31 mi) from Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur. The airport is in the Sepang district of southern Selangor state. KLIA’s construction cost RM8.5 billion or US$3.5 billion.
The airport can currently handle 35 million passengers and 1.2 million tonnes of cargo a year. In 2010, it handled 34,087,636 passengers; in 2008 it handled 667,495 metric tonnes of cargo. It was ranked the 18th busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic, and is the 7th busiest international airport in Asia. It was ranked the 28th busiest airport by cargo traffic in 2009.. The Bernama News Agency reported a modest growth in traffic in the first six months of 2011, with an almost 13% increase from 16.2 million to 18.3 million passengers.