IVAN LOH and ILI AQILAH at the Perak State Assembly
THE extension of the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (LTSAS) runway in Ipoh will be carried out with minimal impact to the surrounding housing areas, the House was told.
Perak investment, industrial and regional development committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said it was possible with the latest technology available.
He said the 2km runway could be extended in the Pasir Pinji direction for another 500m, across a nearby river, to turn LTSAS into a regional airport.
“We have referred to other similar airports and with the latest technology, we can build over Sungai Pinji. Technicians say it can be done easily.
“We have discussed with Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd (MAHB) and Malaysia Civil Aviation Authority to find the best solution to the matter, ” he said when replying to Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir (BN-Pangkor) during the question-and-answer session Monday.
“I am not saying that it will not involve homes and land, but we want to minimise the impact as much as possible, ” said Mohammad Nizar.
He gave assurance that further technical studies would be conducted.
“If we cannot avoid impacting some owners, we will negotiate with them.
“It is better than the option of extending the runway towards the opposite direction as that involves a larger housing area, ” he added.
It was announced during the tabling of Budget 2020 last month that the airport would be upgraded.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu was quoted announcing that about RM150mil would be allocated for the upgrading work.
On the congestion issue at LTSAS, Mohammad Nizar said MAHB, which operates the airport, planned for several projects to address the matter.
He said one was the “Ipoh Optimisation Plan, ” that involved renovation at the arrival hall and near the cafe area.
“Those works would optimise the available space to accommodate more passengers.
“More seats will also be made available without affecting the comfort of passengers during peak hours.
“MAHB also plans to build a covered walkway as passengers are walking in an open space between the terminal and the aircraft, ” he added.
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