Malaysia plans to build international airport on east coast – AirlineGeeks.com
By Will Lee
Malaysia plans to build an international airport on the east coast
According to local media reports, the Malaysian government is planning to build a new international airport in Gebeng, Pahang, on the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia. The state government will conduct an in-depth study of the new airport after the airport project is green light.
“It is necessary to build a new airport because there is still no international airport on the east coast and this can provide better transport infrastructure, revive the economy and the tourism sector,” said Wan Rosdy. Wan Ismail, Chief Minister of Pahang. .
Pehang owns Kuantan Airport, however, Kuantan Airport is not allowed to expand due to the airport owned by the Royal Air Force (RMAF). After the launch of the new airport, the existing airport would be transferred to the RMAF.
Pahang’s government did not disclose the size of the potential new international airport, but did mention that the project included shopping malls and hotels. “This project is a long-term plan that will develop in phases until 2050,” said Rosdy.
According to Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd (MAHB), operator of 39 airports across the country, the country has three international airports on the Malay Peninsula, including Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Langkawi International Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Penang. The three airports are located at the western end of the Malay Peninsula. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the gateway to the country, with three independent runways and with a maximum capacity of 45 million passengers each year.
Following the success of the travel bubble in Langkawi, the MAHB experienced a resumption in travel demand following the pandemic. Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines, the national airline, said its “MHholidays” package has sold more than 100% since the travel restrictions were lifted, and further passenger recovery is expected in the coming months.
In the meantime, the Malaysian government has said the Langkawi travel bubble will be presented to international tourists. New travel regulations are expected to begin on November 15.
Tourists should be fully vaccinated and book with the travel agency registered with the ministry. “The agent will be the one who will organize their entire trip and they will not come directly to Langkawi on their own,” Shukri said. The Langkawi Travel Bubble will run for three months.
Although the pandemic is far from over, Malaysia has noticed that Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia have successfully lifted some travel restrictions for international travelers.
“We watch what other countries are doing and see where we can fit in, try to make sure we are not left behind,” Shukri said.
Meanwhile, Malaysia is considering resuming cross-border travel with Singapore. Before the pandemic, more than 300,000 citizens crossed the land border every day. Singapore-Kuala Lumper was also one of the busiest air routes. Shukri is optimistic the border should be in by November.