Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said Malaysia Airports Berhad (MAB) was informed of this matter by the airline recently.
He said Tiger Airways was at present in discussions with the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and the MAB on the frequency of the flights to the Sultan Mahmud Airport (LTSM) here.
"A MAB officer informed the state government that Tiger Airways will start operations to Kuala Terengganu," he told reporters after making a two-day visit to Kenyir Lake near here Monday.
Ahmad said the state government was ready to provide incentives to Tiger Airways if it flew direct to the LTSM, including paying its bills and taxes, for the first three years of operations here.
"This means, the airport taxes, landing, parking and aerobridge charges at the LTSM would be paid by the state government to the MAB," he said.
Ahmad stated that the incentive would also be granted to any other international airline which made direct flights to the LTSM.
He highlighted that Tiger Airways is the second airline to make direct flights to Kuala Terengganu from Singapore, after another budget airline,Firefly.
Malaysia's Firefly will operate three weekly flights to the LTSM from next month.
"The state government is also having discussions with China Airlines for direct flights from Guangzhou, China, to Kuala Terengganu," Ahmad said.
In another development, he said that the state government will appoint a consultant for the purpose of undertaking a cable car project at Kenyir Lake.
He said the cable car project of about 500 metres would link Pengkalan Gawi to Pulau Poh, which is being made into a Water Theme Park, at the lake.
"The consultant will undertake a study from various aspects including an Environmental Impact Assesment (EIA) valuation before the cable car project is implemented,
According to Ahmad, the state government has allocated RM50 million this year to develop Kenyir Lake, along with the five islands found on the largest man-made lake in South East Asia.
Source : Bernama
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