He said this short-term plan is a another step to achieve the momentum to reach the target of 3.5 million tonnes per annum by 2050.
Malaysia is focused on increasing its cargo and logistic traffic by capitalising on the KLIA Aeropolis project, which was launched in May, to serve as the driver in achieving its vision of becoming a global leader in creating airport cities, he added.
“This is our short-term plan to increase the volume. It sounds too long but we have been flat in the air freighter cargo over the years. We want to double it and get the momentum to reach 3.5 million tonnes by attracting local and foreign players in logistic and air cargo with one of the players, Alibaba Group.
“Alibaba is one of the largest e-commerce players in the region that has agreed to set up the e-fulfilment and e-clearance hubs in Malaysia,” he told a press conference on the current updates of the KLIA Aeropolis following a meeting on Monday with the Transport Ministry, International Trade and Industry Ministry and Economic Planning Unit.
Badlisham was met after the launch of the Beyond Borders School Adoption Programme, MAHB’s flagship corporate social responsibility initiative in Sepang on Wednesday.
KLIA Aeropolis was selected to be the site of the initial phase for the DFTZ, which is centred on the key clusters of air cargo and logistics; aerospace and aviation parks; and meetings, incentives, conference and events (MICE), and leisure.
Meanwhile, Badlisham said MAHB forecast to expand its current 14 plane freighters flying into Malaysia, to an additional 16 to 20 freighters in the next 10 years.
“We are quite a big region and we will definitely do well in the air cargo side because we are creating more facilities, putting up more plans and support systems.
“There is strong demand for the development of an integrated freight and logistics infrastructure with global and local cargo traffic,” he said, adding that KLIA Aeropolis would serve as the core of MAHB’s air cargo and logistics ecosystem, extending to Penang.
Furthermore, Badlisham said the air cargo did not involve industrial products, instead it would cater to the e-commerce market space on perishable products, halal goods, and electronics.
On another note, he said MAHB wanted to attract higher value of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities, which required closer proximity to the airport.
Earlier, in his opening speech, Badlisham said MAHB on Wednesday adopted another four schools to bring the total to 32 schools under the fourth phase of its programme to ensure sustainable progress in improving English language proficiency among primary school children.
The schools are Sekolah Kebangsaan Dengkil, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Tamil) Dengkil, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Wah Lian and Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Bangkong (Asli), and a total of 1,900 Standard Four students and 25 teachers are targeted to benefit from the programme, he added. - Bernama
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