AT LEAST three new domestic and international routes are planned for the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Ipoh.
State Tourism, Arts and Culture Committee chairman Tan Kar Hing said, of the three, one is to be a domestic route.
He said with the airport’s current capacity, the flight duration of the new routes could not be more than four hours.
“We already have flights to Singapore and Johor Baru, while flights to Guangzhou, Subang and Pulau Pangkor are expected to start in October.
“We are still looking at three more new destinations, which will be revealed when the time is right,” Tan told reporters at the committee’s Hari Raya gathering.
He was asked to comment on the state’s Investment, Industry and Regional Development Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin’s statement that more flights were required to justify the airport’s extension.
Mohammad Nizar, who chairs a steering committee to look into the expansion, said the project was estimated to cost between RM200mil and RM250mil, which included lengthening the runway from the current 2km to 2.4km.
Other new facilities like an airway bridge, control tower, and fuelling and cargo facilities are also in the pipeline.
Tan added that the parties involved, including the state government, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd and private investors, should have more discussions about the expansion.“At the end of the day, it all boils down to dollars and cents, and we do hope the expansion project can start by next year,” he added.