IPOH: Dec 22, 2008
The Perak government is disputing Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat's statement that there is no room to extend the runway of the airport here.
Ong, on Friday, had brought up the issue of space when speaking about the topography of the place and the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said yesterday studies conducted by the state showed that there was space to accommodate the extension of the runway at Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, which is also known as the Ipoh airport.
"There is space for the extension. So, we would like, once again, to request Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to honour his promise to pump in RM70 million to upgrade Ipoh airport."
Abdullah had promised to upgrade the airport, including extending its runway, when he attended the 100th anniversary celebration of the Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry last year.
Nizar said the runway could be extended by 400m to enable larger Airbus and Boeing planes, such as the 747, to land. However, houses nearby would have to make way for the extension.