The Penang International Airport is often regarded as one of the busiest airports in the country and it sits right in the middle of George Town.
The airport has recorded 7.1 million passengers last year, exceeding it allocated 6.5 million passenger capacity. That is why the government is mulling over a new low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Penang.
Source: The Star
Finance Minister and Air Putih assemblyman Lim Guan Eng said Putrajaya is currently discussing with AirAsia to expand the Penang International Airport and build a new LCCT.
Due to financial constraints, Lim said the government and Malaysia Aiport Holdings are seeking assistance from the private sector. Lim said at the state legislative assembly earlier today, August 6,
“This forces us to look for new methods such as collaboration with the private sector, AirAsia, to implement the expansion project that will include the construction of a new LCCT.
“When we talk about expanding the airport, it will cost hundreds of millions so we have to look at a formula in which the federal government doesn’t pay for it.”
The discussions have been ‘positive’, he added before suggesting that the same practice will be used for the Penang Port and other projects.
The new LCCT will be utilized to accommodate increasing passenger traffic, which will reportedly be more than 7.8 million by this year-end. He was quoted by The Star as saying,
“The present expansion of Penang International Airport will not be able to handle future capacity and a new terminal is needed.”
It is learned that the expansion is expected to be finished in more than two years but the terminal might be completed earlier.
Previously, the Penang International Airport underwent a massive RM250 million upgrade starting in 2010, but renovation works were marred with controversy due to problems like flooding and collapse of parts of its ceiling.
The new LCCT in Penang would certainly help the airport a great deal, now we can only wait until the plans get finalized.
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