The airport which covers 10 000 hectares of land took less than 5 years to build.
It has a capacity to handle 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tonnes of cargo annually.
He held the post for 22 years from 1981 to 2003, making him Malaysia's longest-serving Prime Minister, and one of the longest-serving leaders in Asia. His father, Mohamad Iskandar, was of Indian descent, being the son of a Muslim and a Malay mother, while Mahathir's own mother, Datin Wan Tempawan Wan Hanafi, was Malay He is married to Tun Dr.
Siti Hasmah binti Haji Mohamad Ali, they have seven children, four sons and three daughters.
Moving through the airport complex provides the visitor with glimpses of different forest – highlands, swamp, bamboo and multicoloured flora.
The five-level Main Terminal building which is 241 000 squares metres, is located right at the heart of the airport complex.
The control tower, standing at 130 metres, is one the tallest in the world.
The colourful flora and the cascading waterfalls are part of spectacular and breathtaking sight which can be viewed from the Super View Corridor.
It is often described as the “airport in the forest, forest in the airport” because it is a futuristic structure set in rainforest landscaping.
Lush tropical forests, with its diverse and exotic flora, skirt the entire airport structure.