More helicopters to fly in on race day

PETALING JAYA: There will be more helicopters to fly spectators to the Sepang F1 Circuit for the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix. 

The GP will be held on March 21 on the same day as the country's general elections. 

The increase in the number of helicopters flying to Sepang from the airports in Sungei Besi and Sepang is to meet the demand from well-heeled fans. 

The Sepang International Circuit (SIC) press officer, Azhar Ghazali, said that all seven helipads at the circuit would be open to cope with the increased number of helicopters flying in. 

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is also expected to make use of helicopter services this year. 

Despite the general election, Badawi is confirmed to be attending the Malaysian GP race this year. 

“Requests for the helicopter service can be made through our sales departments,” said Azhar. 

The SIC are now liasing with Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia to increase their frequencies of flights to KLIA from all local destinations on March 21. 

The SIC are also working with traffic police to ensure smooth flow of traffic on race day. 

Part of the change will be to open up to six lanes for traffic leading to the circuit before the race after the race and vice-versa after the race. 

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