SUBANG: The Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport here is set to undergo a “bold, comprehensive and strategic” transformation to become the preferred aerospace and business aviation hub in the Asia Pacific region.
Transport minister Loke Siew Fook said he presented the Subang Airport Regeneration Plan (SARP) to the Cabinet on Feb 2, with the proposal approved after much deliberation.
“The redevelopment of the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport is a national project of revival underpinned by the guiding principles of Malaysia Madani,” Loke said at the airport today.
“Economically, this will accelerate post-pandemic economic recovery by attracting job-creating domestic and foreign investments.”
Loke said that the regeneration plan will see the airport become a regional aviation hub with a maximum capacity of eight million passengers annually, adding that the airport’s evolution will create thousands of high-value jobs for Malaysians.
He said the regeneration plan will focus on positioning the airport as a city and regional airport as well as develop the general aviation and business aviation sectors to make for a “complete aerospace ecosystem”.
Loke added the airport’s transformation will be focused on seven components, namely an aerospace industry centre; a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre; a research and development centre; general aviation operations; business aviation operations; urban air mobility (UAM); and regional commercial flight operations.
He said the next step is now for Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) to conclude its detailed redevelopment plan, including engagement with stakeholders and industry players in an open and constructive manner.
Loke added that the estimated final cost of the airport’s redevelopment will be announced once details of the plan are finalised.
Meanwhile, Loke also said MAHB has to submit its business plan by the end of the quarter.
“We will then submit their business plan to the Cabinet for reapproval.”
Meanwhile, Loke, said the Skypark Link service between KL Sentral and Subang Skypark will be temporarily suspended from Feb 15.
“The decision was made following poor ridership of the service, with less than 100 passengers daily,” he said.
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