SEVERAL facilities at Sultan Azlan Shah Airport will be upgraded to enhance passengers’ experience and improve aircraft traffic control.
Perak Tourism, Arts and Culture Committee chairman Tan Kar Hing said the airport tarmac and open bay would be upgraded and the operations of airplanes and helicopters segregated during the construction.
He said that at present, the existing aircraft stands were fully utilised during peak hours and the tarmac was congested with hordes of passengers.
Tan added that the work would include expanding the tarmac to accommodate more aircraft stands.
He was on a working visit to the airport with airport manager Mohd Ali Osman and Tourism Perak chief executive officer Zuraida Md Taib.
Apart from the tarmac, Tan said the open bay for passengers would be renovated to include a covered walkway to provide more convenience during departures and arrivals.
Tan said there was congestion on the tarmac because aircraft operations for airplanes and helicopters occupied the same space.
With increasing traffic and flights at the airport, he said there was a need to separate them.
He added that such efforts would help Perak and airlines promote the state’s tourism.
“Our airport is getting busy with higher traffic.
“The visit today is to ensure the infrastructure and amenities are ready to accept more passenger arrivals,” he said
“We will always ensure that the airport management as well as state and Federal Governments will work together to improve facilities at the airport and add more domestic and international flights.”
Meanwhile, Mohd Ali said the works would start in December and be completed by the second quarter of next year.
“The cost of the upgrade is about RM1.3mil,” he said.
He said the airport’s passenger arrivals last year was 276,000 visitors with a total of 112 international and 56 domestic flights recorded in a month.
And as of July, Mohd Ali said the airport received about 190,000 passengers.