MALACCA: The present Malacca International Airport (LTAM) in Batu Berendam here may be relocated to accommodate larger aircrafts like the Boeing 777, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic).
Liow said a decision will be reached by end of this year whether to move the airport to another location or remain at its present site based on the recommendation from an aviation consultant.
“We have appointed a local consultant to look into the aspect of accommodating bigger aircrafts at the airport here and the findings would determine the future of LTAM,” he said after opening Malacca AGM at the party’s headquarters at Jalan Hang Tuah here on Saturday.
Liow noted that the initial plan was to extend the runway from the current 2,135m length and 45m width to attract more airlines to use the airport.
However, he said the land acquisition of the area earmarked for the extension of the runway was too costly and the ministry was forced to review the feasibility of a relocation exercise.
“The ministry realises the importance of air link to historic Malacca which is also a well-known tourist destination,” he said.
Currently, the airport caters mainly for training purposes with one leading flying school in the country fully utilising the site as the major flight academy in the country.
The airport has two parking bays for bigger aircrafts such as Airbus 320, arrival halls, departure halls and six passenger registration counters.
On a separate matter, Liow reminded state MCA leaders to embrace technology in a bid to disseminate good news about the party to the grassroots.