Express Rail Link (ERL), which operates the KLIA Express and KLIA Transit rail services, has added six trainsets to its fleet, Bernama reports. The new trains from Chinese manufacturer Changchun Railway Vehicles increases ERL’s capacity by 50%, bringing the total number of trains in its fleet to 18.

Transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who officiated the launch of the new trains earlier today, said that two of the new train sets will be assigned to the KLIA Express route, while the other four will operate as KLIA Transit units.

Liow said the additional trains will bring about a significant improvement in KLIA Transit operations. “The additional services on KLIA Transit will improve the waiting time to every 15 minutes from the current 20-minute intervals during morning and evening peak hours on weekdays, while during off peak hours, train departures will be improved from 30 to 20 minutes, putting it on par with the KLIA Ekspres service,” he said.

He said that the additional new trains offered a better value proposition, which is important to attract more people to use the service. Liow said that ERL was targeting a growth in ridership of five percent this year, from a daily ridership of 23,900 passengers last year. Ridership has dropped by around 19% since a fare hike in 2016.

The new KLIA Express train seats 192 passengers, while the KLIA Transit train can accommodate up to 350 passengers, including 144 seated. The launch of the new trains also saw the introduction of new livery, which blends traditional songket motifs of Pucuk Rebung, Tapak Sulaiman and Bunga Pecah Lapan.