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Monday May 9, 2011

CM lauds facilities at Batu Berendam airport

MALACCA: Flying schools in the country should take advantage of the Melaka International Airport in Batu Berendam to conduct flight training.

Describing the airport as a world-class facility, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said it was equipped with Instrument Landing System (ILS).

Two institutions currently use the facility for flight training purposes, namely the Malaysian Flying Academy (MFA) and Melaka 4B Youth Flying Club.

MFA has been operating at the airport since 1987.

World class: A file picture of a trainee pilot of the Malaysian Flying Acedemy taking off from the Melaka International Airport in Batu Berendam.

“I hope the airport would become a centre to train pilots for bigger aircraft such as the Boeing 737 and Fokker in the future,” he said at the graduation of MFA cadet pilots here recently.

Mohd Ali said the aviation field could contribute to the development of highly-skilled Malaysians who may land highly-paid jobs locally or internationally.

The airport, formerly known as Btu Berendam airport, occupied 141 acres (0.57 km2) of land. The facilities was built in 1952.

Currently, Riau Airlines flies to the city five times a week. —Bernama

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