Guan Eng to Putrajaya: Expand or even rebuild Penang airport

GEORGE TOWN, November 28 — Exasperated by the continuous flooding after heavy rains in the Penang International Airport, Lim Guan Eng has demanded that Putrajaya either expand and repair the building or even build an entirely new airport for your state.

The Penang Chief Minister, in a letter in order to acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, expressed concern the condition of the airport in Bayan Lepas and its limited capacity to support five million people, may eventually affect the state’s tourism arrivals.

“Every time there is large rain, the airport will encounter flash floods, and I have also created to Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad chairman Tan Sri Dr Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah within September to highlight this, ” the Penang lawmaker said in his official letter on Tuesday

“The airport is only capable of accommodate up to five million visitor arrivals but the estimated total visitor arrivals to Penang is expected to be between 5. 2 and 5. 5 million, ” Lim added.

The Bagan MP explained the growth price of tourist arrivals to Penang has increased from between eight and nine per cent in 2012 to fourteen per cent as at October 2013.

“We have documented 4. 4 million tourist arrivals in the first 10 months of the year, ” he pointed out.

Furthermore, Lim complained regarding the airport’s parking lot, which he or she noted is always affected by flooding, perhaps due to drainage problems.

“This will affect the state’s picture especially when the airport is the state’s main entry gateway for international travelers, ” he said.

Lim also asked that the airport terminal, which was just recently upgraded at a cost of RM250 million, be expanded more to accommodate increasing number of tourists visiting the state up north.

“If Penang continues to see a growth of more than 10 per cent in visitor arrivals each year, we are worried the airport may not be able to support such high numbers of passengers, ” he or she said.

He mentioned he believes the airport will end up overcrowded and uncomfortable for travellers, which will in turn project an undesirable image of Penang and Malaysia in order to foreign visitors.

“This is why we are seeking that the ministry will consider to further expand the particular airport with another runway because there is sufficient land surrounding the particular airport in Bayan Lepas designed for expansion, ” he said.

Lim expressed hope to meet with Hishamuddin to discuss the request for the particular airport’s expansion.

He or she also said he hopes the particular ministry will look into the flooding problems and resolve it before this causes further damage to Penang’s picture as a preferred tourist destination in the area.

The Penang International Airport was upgraded in a RM250 mil expansion project that was completed past due last year.

The airport’s passenger capacity was increased through 3. 5 million to five million in the expansion while the variety of parking bays for aircraft had been increased and car parks furthermore increased.


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GEORGE CITY, Nov 28 — Exasperated by the constant flooding after heavy rains at the Penang International Airport, Lim Guan Eng has demanded that Putrajaya either expand and repair house or build an entirely new airport terminal for the state.

The Penang Chief Minister, in a letter to acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, expressed issue that the condition of the airport within Bayan Lepas and its limited capability to accommodate five million people, may eventually affect the state’s tourism arrivals.

“Every time there is heavy rain, the airport will experience flash floods, and I have also written to Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad chairman Tan Sri Dr Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah in September to highlight this particular, ” the Penang lawmaker mentioned in his official letter on Tuesday

“The airport is only able to accommodate up to five mil tourist arrivals but the estimated total tourist arrivals to Penang will be expected to be between 5. 2 and 5. 5 million, ” Lim added.

The Bagan MP explained the growth rate of tourist arrivals in order to Penang has increased from between eight and nine per cent in 2012 in order to 14 per cent as at Oct 2013.

“We have got recorded 4. 4 million visitor arrivals in the first 10 a few months of this year, ” he mentioned.

Furthermore, Lim lamented about the airport’s parking lot, which usually he noted is always affected by water damage, possibly due to drainage problems.

“This will affect the state’s image especially when the airport will be the state’s main entry gateway for global tourists, ” he said.

Lim also asked the airport, which was just recently upgraded at a cost of RM250 million, be extended further to accommodate increasing number of travelers coming to the state up north.

“If Penang continues to get a growth of more than 10 per cent within tourist arrivals each year, we are concerned that the airport may not be able to support such high numbers of passengers, ” he said.

He or she said he believes the airport terminal will become overcrowded and uncomfortable designed for passengers, which will in turn project an unfavorable image of Penang and Malaysia to foreign visitors.

“This is why we are seeking the ministry will consider to further broaden the airport with another runway as there is sufficient land around the airport in Bayan Lepas for expansion, ” he mentioned.

Lim expressed hope to meet with Hishamuddin to discuss the request the airport’s expansion.

He also said he hopes the ministry will look into the water damage issues and resolve it just before it causes further damage to Penang’s image as a preferred tourist location in the region.

The Penang International Airport was upgraded in a RM250 million expansion project that was completed late last year.

The airport’s passenger capacity was improved from 3. 5 million in order to five million in the expansion as the number of parking bays for plane were increased and car recreational areas also increased.

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