IPOH: The Perak Government has suggested that the Federal Government build a cargo airport in Seri Iskandar about 40km from here.
State Infrastructure and Public Utilities Committee chairman Datuk Ong Ka Chuan said the new airport would not only handle cargo but also cater for passenger aircraft.
He said the state government was in the midst of preparing a conceptual plan to be submitted to the Transport Ministry before the year's end.
We are suggesting to build it in Seri Iskandar since the size of the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Ipoh is limited.
Further expansion of the airport and runway will cause problems as it will affect the height of buildings near the airport, which has to be restricted to allow planes to land and take off smoothly, he said yesterday.
He said this after handing over land titles to 39 families in Kampung Papan Baru.
Ong said the airport in Seri Iskandar was important as it could be a transit point for express delivery companies to despatch their goods worldwide.
He said the state government had identified a 1,200ha piece of land in Seri Iskandar.
Work on it can start within two years if the Federal Government accepts the suggestion.
It depends on the Federal Government and we are willing to negotiate with them if they feel that there are other areas in Perak, such as Tanjung Malim, which could be more suitable for the construction of a new airport, he said.