Efforts to make Senai International Airport a regional cargo hub, is becoming closer to reality, with a cargo airline company agreeing to commence operations there from next month.
Senai Airport Terminal Services (SATS) Sdn Bhd deputy chief executive officer Shahrull Allam Shah Abdul Halim who disclosed this, said the company is also the first to do so.
"It is a breakthrough. When the cargo airline company begins operations, it will attract other players from the logistics industry to also use Senai Airport to fly out their cargo.
"The move will also serve as a catalyst in our efforts to make the Senai Airport a regional logistics and cargo hub," he told Bernama in an interview at his office recently.
At present, cargo from the Senai Airport is ferried using MAS passenger flights as well as AirAsia, which operates from there.
Senai Airport is located within the Iskandar Malaysia Economic Corridor.
Asked as to the identity of the cargo airline company which is commencing operations from Senai Airport, Shahrull Allam Shah declined to name it.
But he confirmed that it was a company of international standard.
He also said that for a start, the cargo airline company will operate flights to regional destinations before expanding to the Middle east and Europe.
He indicated that when customers see that Senai Airport offers consistent and efficient cargo services, with multiple routes, they will make it the airport of their choice for air cargo within the region.
SATS, according to him, is always striving to attract airline companies, irrespective of whether they are cargo or passenger based, to operate from Senai Airport.
"We have specific programmes to create connectivity at Senai Airport.We hope to get more cargo operators to the airport," he said.
According to Shahrull Allam Shah, the company is providing an area of 1,000 acres close to the airport, for the logistics industry along with the plan to develop it as the regional cargo hub.
Meanwhile, he also disclosed that SATS was in discussions with with several companies interested in providing aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul(MRO) as well as other flight related services at the airport.
"Some of the companies concerned have already agreed to begin operations at Senai Airport.
Source : Bernama
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