Penang planning to expand airport and build a new one

Penang planning to expand airport and build a new one
Penang International Airport. The Penang Go­vernment has made provisions for land to be reclaimed for the expansion of the current international airport in Bayan Lepas.

GEORGE TOWN - The Penang Go­vernment has made provisions for land to be reclaimed for the expansion of the current international airport in Bayan Lepas. They are also to build a new airport, said Lim Guan Eng.

The Chief Minister said the land earmarked for the reclamation was located south of the current airport.

The state government, he said, had requested for funds from the Federal Government to build the new airport at the site but there had been no response yet.

"We will be sending them another letter (to request for the funds)," he said at a press conference yesterday.

Lim said claims that Penang did not have enough land to expand the current airport or to build a new one were untrue.

He was referring to reports about a proposal by the Kedah Government to build a second international airport in an area between Kulim and Sungai Petani.

On Thursday, Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said the state government was prepared to offer the Federal Government a 600ha plot at the border of the two towns near the Kulim Hi-Tech Park for a new airport with two runways.

"The airport is aimed at catering to the increase in flights in the northern region. In the future, the space at the Penang International Airport may be insufficient to cater to the increase in passengers and cargo," he said.

However, Lim questioned the wisdom of such a proposal.

"Look at Malacca. They spent RM250million (S$97 million) on an airport but there are no planes there," he pointed out.

He said Penang should be allowed to have three airports if Kedah's proposal was approved as Penang had much more foreign direct investments than Kedah.

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