Airport expansion plan on hold pending study

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 19 Aug 2020

Development of Penang International Airport has been delayed. — Filepic

THE proposed Penang International Airport (PIA) expansion project is on hold pending the finalisation of the National Airport Strategic Plan (NASP).

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, in reply to his oral question in Parliament, said any proposal on the development of a new airport, including the proposals to upgrade the PIA and develop the proposed Kulim International Airport would be considered only after the NASP study is finalised by the Government.

Chow, who is also Tanjong MP, said the ministry stated that the NASP study on airport development is expected to be completed in 2023 in line with the National Transport Policy.

“Based on the reply by the Transport Minister, the NASP study is to determine the direction of airport development in Malaysia in terms of the airports’ roles and airspace requirement as well as look into economic and strategic areas so that the development of each airport can be implemented based on real needs.

“The ministry stated that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on the tourism industry and airlines.

“This has led to uncertainties in the industry, which increases the risks that will further burden the airline industry,” Chow said the ministry stated.

Chow said the reply stated that the impact of Covid-19 on the global economy and the country, especially in the tourism and airline sectors, would need a certain period of recovery which could take between two and three years.

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