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Putrajaya Approved RM1.6 Billion to Build Kulim International Airport

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#81 Mohd Suhaimi Fariz

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Posted 25 March 2019 - 03:49 PM

I don't see how Penang airport can further expand except closing down the factories surrounding it and reclaiming more land. Kulim is a good replacement for PEN considering its connectivity as a hub for northern peninsular.


They want to do a Kansai airport type development near Batu Maung - https://www.themalay...ht.com/s/133451

#82 David.W

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Posted 25 March 2019 - 04:57 PM

That is just an opinion piece

#83 David.W

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 01:24 PM

Penang airport is in the island itself, Kedah's current airport (Sultan Abdul Halim) is way up north of the state, and Perak's airport is in Ipoh. In between those 3 airports, there is quite a large area whereby there is no "single airport" to connect them.

With Kulim airport setup - it will benefit:-

Penang & Kedah - those who staying in Mainland Penang or Kedah, or have businesses there (especially Sungai Petani, Butterworth and Bukit Mertajam) don't need to go Penang Island just to take airplane. Cargo transport will be much easier and cheaper.

Perak - from Taiping onwards (those in north), will not need to travel all the way to Ipoh. I have seen Ipoh's airport, and being right smack in the middle of it, there's no way it can be expended to become a major hub in the north.

#84 Chris Tan

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 02:57 PM

In between those 3 airports, there is quite a large area whereby there is no "single airport" to connect them.

If that area is akin to the Pearl River Delta or the SF Bay Area, fine.

Otherwise, the new airport will be nothing more than a gigantic white elephant that serves little more than the wishes of those who dream of a Malaysian EK/QR/SQ.

#85 geoff.leo

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 03:20 PM

I can see a reason for having an airport to serve southern Kedah and parts of mainland Penang, but not a lofty one.

Northern Perakians are in no mans land for air travel. That will not change even with an airport in Kulim. Much faster to get to PIA by getting off the NSE to the under utilised second bridge, which is close to the airport.

Parts of mainland Penang that would benefit from a Kulim airport would be the northern side of Butterworth, Kepala Batas and maybe Bukit Mertajam. The rest of the mainland population is close enough to either bridges. 30 to 45 minutes travel time isnt unreasonable. And most of the current and future townships on mainland Penang are close to either bridges, especially the second bridge. A Kulim airport is less competitive than the current PIA.

So, in reality the catchment area for a Kulim airport will be limited to only southern Kedah and bits of northern mainland Penang. While not insignificant in terms of population, a Kulim airport will not get more than a couple of daily KL flights.

Some have mentioned about freight. While Kulim has that high tech industrial park, it is no Penang. The logistics industry isnt gonna establish a hub at a Kulim airport just because of a couple of dozen factories. It only takes an hour or so to get that semicon chip from Kulim to PIAs cargo terminal.

In summary to Kedahs politicians, go ahead with building that airport. But you wont need anything longer than a 2000m runway and a couple of stands. Dont bother wasting money with taxiways. You wont need it. RM200million cukup?

#86 David.W

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 06:40 PM

The only way actually Kulim Airport can be viable is to shut down PEN and move all flights and cargo ops to the Kulim Airport.

Does Penang want to give up it's island airport for more land on the island for development esp affordable housing?

Both states need to discuss this. As of now we don't know the timeline or capacity of the airport.

Edited by David.W, 26 March 2019 - 06:41 PM.

#87 Kenny Sing

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 08:43 PM

this will be interesting.

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