The Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) is undertaking a study on a new international airport in North Malaysia.
This was revealed to the Penang Chief Minister and Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng in a written parliamentary reply from Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
The reply, provided by Lim in a statement, said the study was to take six months to conduct and was expected to be completed in November this year.
“The study will also take into account the proposal to expand the Penang International Airport (PIA).
“The findings of the study will guide the feasibility of all airport projects in North Malaysia including any proposed commercial developments (and) any decision on expanding the PIA will depend on the findings of the study,” the reply said.
In his statement, Lim urged the federal government to act quickly on expanding the PIA, noting the 6.5million visitor capacity was expected to be reached soon.
“The expansion of the PIA should be given immediate approval to avoid negative perceptions as the place is packed like a ‘pasar malam’ (night market),” he said.
Lim also expressed his disappointment that a proposed four star hotel and commercial development at the PIA was canceled and only the carpark upgrade was approved.
“It is hoped the promise to build a multi-storey carpark with 3,000 parking lots (from 666 lots) will not be empty promises,” he added in the statement.
Feasibility study underway for new international airport in North Malaysia.