Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Revitalise Ipoh airport - Star

Sept 9, 2008 By HAH FOONG LIAN

THE under-utilised Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Ipoh should be turned into a hub for short-range travel, Datuk Bandar Roshidi Hashim said.

He made the proposal in his speech when he opened the three-day Perak Matta Travel Fair 2008 at Stadium Indera Mulia in Ipoh recently.

Roshidi said: “I am of the view that the airport should be used for short-range travel such as flying to Phuket if the runway could not be extended.”

Promoting tourism: Roshidi (left) being introduced to Perak Matta Fair participants dressed in traditional Chinese and Korean costumes.

He noted that small aircraft could use the airport, which now only serves weekly flights to Medan.

In 2006, low-cost carrier AirAsia stopped flights from Ipoh to Senai, citing the short runway as the reason.

Since then, there have been calls by public interest groups to expand the use of the airport.

Roshidi pointed out that the state government, including the Ipoh City Council, was keen to enhance the use of the airport.

Roshidi noted that tourism was an important economic contributor to the earnings of Ipoh city.

He said that he would be going to Medan, Indonesia, next month to promote Ipoh as a destination although flights from Ipoh to Medan were limited.

“We want to continue to promote Ipoh as an international tourist destination,” he added.

On the travel fair, Roshidi said this year was the sixth Perak Matta Travel Fair to be organised for travellers.

3 comments:

panirr said...

No Action Talk Only(NATO).
Please do something quickly to upgrade the Sultan Azlan Airport of Ipoh. Don't shift the airport to Batang Padang! Too far away for Ipoh people and very near to KL!
Make Ipoh reachable by air for business people and also for tourists from the south JB.
Why "firefliez" of MAS not bothered about Ipoh? Please invite them to operate and make Ipoh as one of their hub.

panirr said...

No Action Talk Only(NATO). Why such a delay? Can't even bring 'firefliez'to Ipoh! Is the runaway too short for firefliez?

Please extent the runaway of Ipoh airport or else make it a grazing ground for cattle.

Hayley Phoon said...

Why not resume back the Ipoh Airport? It's very inconveniece for everyone in a rush, whenever need to travel by flight to penang or whatsoever, we need travel to KLIA!!