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Friday September 15, 2006

Ipoh airport runway not long enough for AirAsia planes


IPOH: There were cheers when low-cost carrier AirAsia began its four weekly Ipoh-Senai flights at the under-utilised Sultan Azlan Shah Airport here on Feb 1. 

But the cheers have now turned into dismay as the carrier had to suspend the sector from Monday. 

The reason is that the runway at the airport cannot accommodate the newly acquired A320 Airbus. 

AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandez said the airline had no choice but to suspend its services. 

“The airport’s runway is simply too short for our Airbus,” he said on Friday. 

Fernandez said there had been discussions to extend the runway. 

The state government officials had informed the airline that they were looking into the matter now. 

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