MALAYSIA - After 40 years of service, the Awana Skyway in Genting Highlands ceased operations recently to make way for the construction of a new cable car system due to open in 2016.
The Awana Skyway was built in 1975 and was Malaysia's first cable car system.
It was previously known as the Sri Layang cable car system or the Flying Carpet Cable Car Ride, but was later changed to the Awana Skyway to reflect the station located near Awana.
The cable car uses a jig-back system spanning 2.4km over five towers connecting three different stations - Awana, Chin Swee and Genting - with the latter located at the Genting Grand Hotel.
Each cabin can carry up to 40 passengers at a speed of five metres per second.
In 2009, major refurbishment work was carried out on the cable car system to enhance operability, reliability and safety.
On hand to witness the closing ceremony were Resorts World Genting executive vice-president Aaron Chia, IT and Theme Park senior vice-president Thomas Ng, Casino marketing senior vice-president Leow Beng Hooi and representatives of the management.
The group took one last ride in the cable car before the system was officially closed.
To commemorate Awana Skyway's 40 years in operation, Resorts World Genting organised the Groovy Goodbye promotion from March 22 to 31 at the Awana Skyway and Genting stations, where visitors could enjoy the trip at a special rate of RM1.
Historical information and facts on the cable car were also put up during the farewell.
Visitors also could pick up a memento comprising a collection of six different classic stamp designs of the Awana Skyway system.
Information on the new cable car system was also revealed during the event. It will comprise 106 gondolas and cover 2.8km. The new system will be able to carry up to 2,000 passengers per hour from Sri Layang/Awana to the Resort.
The new cable car system is part of the RM5 billion (S$1.93 billion) Genting Integrated Tourism Plan investments announced in December 2013.