CHIEF Minister Lim Guan Eng has again urged the Federal Government to expand the Penang International Airport.
“The number of users increased by 10% last year and the airport is reaching its full capacity,” he told a press conference in Komtar.
“The Penang International Airport is the preferred airport for commercial and cargo carriers serving the northern region.”
Lim claimed it made no sense to build a new airport in Kulim, Kedah, from scratch.
“The money should be used to expand the existing airport,” he said when asked to comment on Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir’s statement that the first phase of the proposed international airport in Kulim would start by providing cargo services.
Mukhriz reportedly said that cargo traffic in and out Penang had been declining by 10.5% annually.
Lim said that the logistics industry in Penang was still expanding.
“More logistics companies are setting up their businesses in Penang such as Nippon Express, TNT, DB Schenker and others which have expanded their businesses recently.
“The expansion of the current players shows that Penang is still the preferred location for the logistics industry as well as for commercial flights.
“They can build a new airport in Kedah and we don’t mind the competition.
“However, I hope the Federal Government will not refuse to expand the Penang airport,” he said recently.