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Putrajaya Approved RM1.6 Billion to Build Kulim International Airport


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#21 Chris Tan

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 07:04 PM

Having densely populated residential areas nearby would potentially attract nighttime curfews ala SYD, LHR, NRT etc - which ultimately hamper the airport's growth.

Do I want an airport that's less than an hour away from the city? Definitely - but not at the expense of redeye flights that have convenient arrival times at the destination. There's an SQ flight from LAX/NRT that arrives at 3am - the only way out of the airport is by taxi, with a midnight surcharge.

#22 flee

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 08:24 PM

 

Really, that was the original plan? Very foresighted planning, but then...

Well that was a plan with good intentions but the execution was flawed as the land earmarked for the airport was sold to non-aviation developers and converted to other use.

 

The same was planned for KLIA and now, we are also seeing signs of land misuse (e.g. the Mitsui Mall, and other things like theme parks planned). So will we see the fiasco at SZB repeating itself in Sepang?


Having densely populated residential areas nearby would potentially attract nighttime curfews ala SYD, LHR, NRT etc - which ultimately hamper the airport's growth.

Do I want an airport that's less than an hour away from the city? Definitely - but not at the expense of redeye flights that have convenient arrival times at the destination. There's an SQ flight from LAX/NRT that arrives at 3am - the only way out of the airport is by taxi, with a midnight surcharge.

 

Airports near city centres are not compulsory as long as there are good and fast connections via public transport. Nowadays, I consciously avoid taking flights that arrive at red eye hours.


Edited by flee, 15 June 2014 - 08:25 PM.


#23 KK Lee

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 12:22 AM

Having densely populated residential areas nearby would potentially attract nighttime curfews ala SYD, LHR, NRT etc - which ultimately hamper the airport's growth.

Do I want an airport that's less than an hour away from the city? Definitely - but not at the expense of redeye flights that have convenient arrival times at the destination. There's an SQ flight from LAX/NRT that arrives at 3am - the only way out of the airport is by taxi, with a midnight surcharge.

 

Residential development near SZB was possible only after the airport reserve was re-gazetted in late 1980's. 



#24 haza

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 01:18 PM

In terms of transport, what Penang Island really need now is an LRT/MRT around the island including to the airport.

 

What Kedah really need is good/higher quality feeder roads/highways and maybe commuter trains to connect Kulim, Sungai Petani and some new industrial and residential township in southern Kedah to Penang International Airport 

 

Negative. According to the brilliant CM, what Penang really need is a tunnel. Not road, LRT, MRT, low cost houses, etc…


Edited by haza, 16 June 2014 - 01:19 PM.


#25 JuliusWong

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 03:41 PM

Negative. According to the brilliant CM, what Penang really need is a tunnel. Not road, LRT, MRT, low cost houses, etc…

I think you need to read deeper into the issue why Penang cannot build LRT/ monorail especially around the heritage areas.

 

The city centre is lined up with a lot of old colonial houses and buildings which attract the tourists and non local Penangites.. This is one of the many reasons why Penang was awarded the UNESCO Heritage Site by UN. No major development/redevelopment shall take place within these areas, unless Penang wants to lose its hard-earned UNESCO Heritage Site status. To work around this, they may go underground subway.

 

Alternatively, establish a hub for people to get to fringe village from a central hub in the city using bus. Some have suggested trams like those in Melbourne and Bergen, Norway. Trams would be lovely as it will bring back to the good old days where they were in used once upon a time. However, allocating space for the already-narrow road would be a headache though. Others proposed a monorail/subway with trams. The previous will cater for the mass while trams maybe more for tourist. 

 

You can read more here: http://www.themalaym...ransport-system

 

Anyhow too much sidetrack.....let's go back to main topic.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 02:45 AM

 

Negative. According to the brilliant CM, what Penang really need is a tunnel. Not road, LRT, MRT, low cost houses, etc…

 

how about a tunnel that has dual purpose - road and rail (for the LRT/MRT to connect island to mainland using Hong Kong and New York for example)

has nobody taught of it???



#27 Johan Z

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 09:51 AM

I remember when I lived in the island, their bus service was great. Many people at that time couldn't afford motorbikes or cars. I'm not sure now.



#28 JuliusWong

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 11:08 AM

how about a tunnel that has dual purpose - road and rail (for the LRT/MRT to connect island to mainland using Hong Kong and New York for example)

has nobody taught of it???

 

I remember when I lived in the island, their bus service was great. Many people at that time couldn't afford motorbikes or cars. I'm not sure now.

Yes, the dual purpose are currently being proposed however the local government needs the federal government to sink in money together to get the project going. It has a big big price tag, even Penang cannot afford alone. So far no response from federal government. 

 

Most of Penang lang are some of the richest in the country, so car ownership is getting out of control. 

 

Anyhow back to main topic, I agree with most of forum members here, Kulim may give Penang a run for money if connectivity from and to airport is good. However convincing the industry players to get their goods over to Kulim for export is another story all together....



#29 Amirul Mazlan

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:34 PM

Malacca have sizeable factories and manufacturing industries and Ali Rustam upgraded the airport few times, did any of cargo, let alone pax airlines utilise it? Negeri Sembilan has many factories too, especially in Senawang, and upcoming Nilai and Sendayan industrial parks, those parks combine is bigger than Kulim HTP. But have they decide to build their own airport just to transport their produce?

New airport in Kulim is just a mere suggestion to gain political mileage. Period. Its not gonna happen in 20 years. Its easy to build but who's gonna utilise it? Dont waste rakyat money just to feed their ego.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 08:36 PM

..... Kulim may give Penang a run for money if connectivity from and to airport is good. However convincing the industry players to get their goods over to Kulim for export is another story all together....

More evidence that Malaysia does not need external competitors - our in-house oneupmanship is already quite sufficient to drain the nation's (finite) resources


Dont waste rakyat money just to feed their ego.

I'm not convinced it's just ego that need feeding ...... :)

Edited by BC Tam, 17 June 2014 - 08:36 PM.


#31 Waiping

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 08:51 PM

They should have something like this spanning from Johor all the way to Perlis.

 

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#32 Muhammad Othman

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 06:49 PM

 

Kulim international airport will start as an air cargo airport

KULIM (Mar 31): The first phase of the estimated RM1.6 billion Kulim International Airport (KXP) would kick-off as an air cargo airport, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.

Mukhriz told the media that based on feedback from manufacturers and industry players regarding the shortage of cargo handling capacity at the Penang International Airport (PIA), there is a need for a new air freight airport.

According to Mukhriz, the plan is well received by the manufacturers in Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP). KXP would later cater the passenger air traffic as well.

However, the plan to build KXP, which is still being studied by the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) with additional research done by the state government, has yet to receive greenlight.

Mukhriz noted that the feedback revealed that KXP air freight facility would be able to meet the demand for an air cargo airport. There are reports that cargo traffic to PIA has been declining by 10.5% annually mainly as manufacturers have opted for land transportation due to capacity shortage.

“We received feedback from manufacturers in (KHTP), other parts of Kedah and Penang that they have been transporting their cargo by road to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

“At PIA, the emphasis is on passenger travels compared to cargo movements. Hence, our plan to make Phase One of KXP a cargo airport to pick up the slack,” said Mukhriz.

He added that the existing one runway was not sufficient to meet the air traffic on the island. The convention is that if a plane is landing at PIA, priority is given to a passenger aircraft.

Speaking to the media after a briefing with International Trade and Industries Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamad, Mukhriz added that the KXP air freight airport would not affect PIA’s business as its focus was on handling passengers.

He said PIA was performing well in handling passengers with statistics showing a 10% increase on domestic and international flight travellers to 6.03 million last year from 2013 at PIA.

It is believed that Mukhriz was aiming to have KXP included under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP).

Over the years, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had been urging the federal government to look into building another runway at PIA because foreign direct investments had grown in the state.

On March 25, Lim wrote to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to include the expansion and improvement of PIA at a cost of RM600 million under the 11MP as the number of passengers are expected to exceed 6.5 million this year.

“We urge that the airport expansion would also include a maintenance, repair and overhaul hub. We have made plans to reclaim hundreds of acres of land for expansion purposes,” said Lim.

Mustapa said the federal government encouraged infrastructure improvement as it would help industrial development. “Mukhriz’s plan for a cargo airport is important for industrial development. The government is studying the need currently but any infrastructure that can boost investment would be encouraged,” the minister added.

 

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He is serious about this?


Edited by Muhammad Othman, 31 March 2015 - 06:49 PM.


#33 Jeffery Lim

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 10:34 PM

It's going to be another build first and think later how to use....

 

contracts will be abundant again and up for grabs



#34 flee

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 11:15 PM

Will it be another Langkawi International Airport?



#35 Kee Hooi Yen

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 08:46 AM

They should have something like this spanning from Johor all the way to Perlis.

 

 

 

That is the way to go. Build a runway parallel to existing PLUS highway.

 

Any state government (or local council) who wish to build their own aerodrome can just build taxiways linking to the 'trunk' runway



#36 Mohd Suhaimi Fariz

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 09:50 AM

Kulim Airport is built for one purpose only - to siphon traffic from PEN.

#37 Mulyadir Fitri

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 10:45 AM

If connectivity to Penang is good it might work As a cargo terminal

#38 Cire

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 10:13 PM

Kulim area is actually booming especially on the automobile industry. 

Now, all cargo are port landed at Butterworth, stored and sorted before deliveries to Kulim industrial areas.

 

Perhaps an airport nearby will accelerate the industry's growth there. 



#39 Amirul Mazlan

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 11:12 PM

It is booming, from donkey years ago. But the growth does not justify building another airport while we all know PEN is far from overcapacity. 



#40 Mohd Suhaimi Fariz

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 07:27 AM

It is booming, from donkey years ago. But the growth does not justify building another airport while we all know PEN is far from overcapacity. 


But if we're to wait until PEN reaches overcapacity, it'll be too late.




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