Penang airport expansion work to start soon


GEORGE TOWN: The expansion of the Penang International Airport (LTAPP) will commence this year to provide greater comfort for passengers, says Penang Federal Action Council (MTPNPP) chairman Zainal Abidin Osman.

He said as announced by Prime Minister Najib Razak in the 2018 budget tabled last year, the federal government was committed in its efforts to upgrade LTAPP.

“We have already received an allocation for the four-year project and its renovation work will begin soon,” he told reporters after attending a meeting on the matter here yesterday.

Zainal said the project, involving a cost of nearly RM700 million, comprised several phases.

“According to a briefing by Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd, the first phase, costing RM30 million, will involve optimising the airport’s current space usage to address the long queues.

“The second phase, which involves the construction of a seven-storey car park, will start next month. The private sector has also suggested that we build a Mitsui outlet while the final phase will involve the expansion of the airport,” he said.

According to him, the project will enable LTAPP to accommodate up to 12 million tourists compared to its current capacity of 6.5 million.