Pangkor airport to be upgraded

IPOH: The Perak government plans to upgrade Pangkor Airport to attract more local and foreign tourists to the island.

State executive councillor for tourism, arts and culture, Tan Kar Hing, said he would also be meeting several parties including Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad next week to discuss ways to boost tourist arrivals on the island.

Besides technical discussions, the state government would seek to have direct flights from Ipoh, Subang and several other airports, he said.

“I think this should be done because Pulau Pangkor will become one of the duty-free islands and be a focus of tourists, particularly local visitors,” he said.

He told reporters this after going on a Hop On Hop Off bus together with 25 tourists from Hong Kong for a tour of Ipoh city today.

Tan said almost 2,000 tourists had used the service so far and the number was expected to increase. He said the bus service would also be expanded to other areas like Tambun, Gopeng and Batu Gajah, and two more buses are expected to go into service next month.