Monday, January 07, 2008

Malacca's Batu Berendam Airport to be Upgraded

The Malacca government has requested that Batu Berendam Airport be upgraded for an Airbus to land with full load, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said here.

He said, with the present upgrading work, the airport could only accommodate an Airbus with half load of passengers.

“Our request has been included in the mid-term review of the Ninth Malaysia Plan,” he said when contacted recently.

Mohd Ali said, if the request was not approved, an Airbus could not have the full load of passengers and cargo when it landed or took off from Batu Berendam Airport.

He said the state had requested that the runway be expanded by 400m for an Airbus with full load to land.

“We will have discussions with airline companies like Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines and Riau Airlines to consider landing in Batu Berendam,” Mohd Ali said.

He said the landing of bigger aircraft would help boost the state's tourism industry.

“I have also directed the Historic Malacca City Council to plant more trees in nearby housing schemes to help reduce noise from aircraft,” he said.

Mohd Ali said the state aimed to create a health township and had approved the setting up of a nursing college in Gapam.

Source : STAR
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