Feasibility study for building another airport to be available in November says Transport Ministry.
The ministry said the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) is currently carrying out the study on building an international airport in northern peninsula Malaysia and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
“The results from the study will give a guideline on the feasibility on airport projects in north Malaysia, including the suggestion to expand the Penang International Airport,” it said in a written reply to Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Bagan).
The ministry also noted that the government had received the expansion proposal from the Penang state government.
“However, the proposal is not complete, and the government had asked for it to be sent again,” it added.
Lim, who is Penang Chief Minister, had asked for a RM600 million expansion of airport with a second runway in March, noting that the airport had grown rapidly and expansion was needed to avoid
congestion in the future.
In a letter to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, Lim said the state has offered land reclamation of “hundreds of acres” south of the island for this purpose.