KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 — Subang Skypark Sdn Bhd is set to embark on an ambitious RM420 million infrastructure development plan to transform the former Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, now known as Subang Skypark, into a full-fledged aerospace city by 2015.
Its executive director, Tan Sri Ravindran Menon, said the company was planning to utilise between four hectares and 4.8 hectares of land opposite Terminal 3 to build a boutique hotel, an aviation museum and a theme park as part of a retail mall.
“We are in the final round of talks with our expert joint-venture partner, a local established player in the retail and hotel industry.
“The development, named Skypark Nexus, will have an approximate built-up area of one million square feet and will rejuvenate the airport’s branding as well as enhance the wholesomeness of customer experience in the airport and its surrounding areas,” he told Bernama.
Ravindran said all negotiations were expected to be concluded by year-end and work was expected to commence in January.
He added that Skypark Nexus, which would be completed in 24 months, was budgeted to cost between RM300 million and RM350 million.
He said the proposed retail mall and hotel would be between four and five storeys high and Subang Skypark was now talking to the local government to widen the main roads fronting the proposed development to avoid traffic congestion.
While describing the project as a perfect public-private sector partnership, Ravindran said the cost would be financed through internal fundings and bank borrowings.
“The special aspect in the development is that there will be a bridge linking the mall and the terminal building, a concept rarely seen in city airports worldwide,” he said, adding that Subang Skypark would invest more than RM70 million to build five new hangars across the current airport runway.
“We have just awarded the contracts and the hangars will be sprawled over 12 hectares across the runway. The work has begun and we expect them to be operational by June next year.
“These hangars will be for parking and maintenance, repair and operations of both private and corporate jets. Each of the hangars can accommodate up to five aircraft at any one time,” he said.
He added the new facilities would elevate Subang Skypark to be on par with other city airports and corporate aviation operators worldwide.
Since most aviation-related corporation headquarters were situated in the surroundings of Subang Skypark, Ravindran said Subang would be better known as an aerospace city in the next three years.
“We want to be a fine example to Malaysia Airports on how to develop a city airport. This place will surely boom in years to come as all aviation-related investments will come to this area.
“There are also plans to establish an aviation technical college, of which Measat Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd is currently looking at that proposal,” he said.
Subang airport was officially opened to traffic on August 30, 1965, replacing the old Sungai Besi Airport.
Before the 1998 opening of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport served as Kuala Lumpur’s main international airport.
The airport underwent renovation work at Terminal 3 from February 2008 and was completed in October 2009, and was later renamed Subang Skypark, which is the current hub for Berjaya Air and Firefly. — Bernama