RM8mil upgrading exercise planned for Ipoh airport, says Loke

IPOH: An RM8mil optimisation exercise will be carried out this year at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport here to improve passenger movement, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke

It includes increasing the number of Immigration and check-in counters, he said following a meeting with Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd on Thursday (Feb 8).

“That will be done this year, and in fact a tender process has been initiated,” he told reporters later after launching the cashless payment system for KTMB’s Komuter Trains in front of the Ipoh Railway Station.

He noted, however, that there were no plans to extend the airport at present.

When asked if flights to new destinations would be added, Loke said they were still working on that.

He said Ipoh has a lot of potential, and Singapore’s low-cost airline Scoot currently flies here three times a day.

“For the last six months, there has been high demand for flights to Ipoh.

“AirAsia flies (here) from Johor Baru, and we are hoping that it could start more flights from other places to Ipoh as well.

“Flights between Ipoh and Bangkok will (also) be a good boost for tourism,” he added.

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