PETALING JAYA: The Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SAAS) airport in Subang will be converted into a centre for general aviation that will be integrated with commercial activities.
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) executive director Datuk Adnan Shamsuddin said there were plans to turn the 8,700 square metre space in the terminal to commercial use with retail, food and beverage, and entertainment outlets next year.
“This new plan is aimed at complementing and supporting the general aviation activities at the airport,” he said in a press statement yesterday.
Adnan said the move would complement efforts to turn airports into thriving centres for business and commercial activities.
He added that the SAAS airport would be very attractive due to its good location, accessibility and strong visibility among Malaysians
“Despite moving all domestic and international operations to the KL International Airport, SAAS airport continues to be a key aviation centre, specifically for private jet operations, aircraft maintenance, flight training for pilots and military aircraft operations,” he said.
He added that the airport had facilities like a 3,634m runway, full parallel taxiway, air traffic control radar system and a complete aerodrome ground lighting system capable of accepting all types of aircraft including Boeing 747s.
The airport also has offices and ticket counters for Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia and Berjaya Air, banks, post office and retail outlets.
Other users of the airport include Pan Malaysia Air Transport, AirFoto Sdn Bhd, Island Air, Malaysia Helicopter Service (MHS), Transmile Air, Department of Aviation’s Flight Calibration Unit and Aircraft Overhaul Depot (AIROD), he said.
“MHS and Transmile Air are expected to embark on plans to increase their activities at SAAS airport,” he said, adding that MHS would be developing a hangar and corporate office there, and would be offering chartered flights from Subang to Kerteh.