Tag: Kulim airport
The economic affairs minister says the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority is looking into the proposals before they are brought to the relevant ministries for consideration.
Sidam Kiri, a stone’s throw from Padang Serai and Kulim, is set to be the site for the new airport.
He refutes critics who say he objected to the airport during his time as Penang CM but supported it after becoming finance minister.
The proposal for a new airport to serve the northern region has been dangled and kicked about since 1991 but every time it seemed to take off, it crashed.
However, there have been attempts by BN in the past to move projects away from Penang.
The finance minister insists that the proposed airport in Kulim will have no economic impact on Penang.
If billions of ringgit are going to be spent on an airport, it shouldn't be just for the purposes of cargo.
P Ramasamy says Penang was long seen as 'the odd one out' in terms of its racial composition and urban development.
CM Chow Kon Yeow says the state is also bracing for the possibility of having to shut down PIA if the Kulim facility turns out to be bigger and more sophisticated.
The former CM says the proposed airport in Kedah will not cost the federal government any money.
Chief minister Chow Kon Yeow says the Penang airport will be able to handle 12 million passengers per year once work is finished, compared to 6.5 million now.
It will in turn enable Penang airport to achieve an international financial hub status like Singapore, he adds.
But another expert says an international airport in Kulim would be an inefficient use of funds and existing infrastructure.
Economic affairs minister says federal government wants to help Kedah and several other states catch up with the ‘mainstream’ economic growth.
The government is studying a plan to build a second airport in 30 years' time as it is running out of space to expand the existing one.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says a private company will be picked through open tender by the end of this year.
However, a business leader says having another airport close to the Penang International Airport could be good for the economy.
Chief minister asks whether a second airport in the northern region is necessary as Penang already has a seaport and an airport to handle cargo.