Ipoh airport reopens after runway pothole resurfaced

Mah-Hang-Soon-ltsasIPOH: The Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (LTSAS) here was reopened at 4pm today after it was closed yesterday evening due to a pothole on the runway.

The pothole area was resurfaced at 12.30am, said Perak Health, Public Transportation, Non-Muslim Affairs, National Integration and New Villages Committee chairman Dr Mah Hang Soon.

An inspection revealed a 12-cm by one-metre pothole, believed to have been caused by the recent heavy rains that resulted in water collecting beneath the ground surface there, he said.

“However, I was informed that inspection is ongoing to verify the actual cause of the incident,” he told reporters after a visit to the airport.

Mah said 846 passengers of six international and domestic flights of three airlines were affected by the closure of the airport.

“However, all the passengers will be able to resume their journey through rescheduled or reconnecting flights,” he said.

Asked whether Perak would build a new airport, Mah said: “The state government has already started working on getting a new airport, regardless of the pothole incident.”

Meanwhile, Malaysia Airports Sdn Bhd LTSAS airport manager Mohd Ali Osman said the pothole had appeared 780 metres away from the one that emerged in 2014.