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Perak To Make Nation's Aviation Industry More Vibrant -- Menteri Besar
August 07, 2017 10:15 AM
By Zairina Zainudin

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7(Bernama) -- Perakintends to make the nation's aviationindustry more vibrant by offering maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) servicesfor commercial aircraft through the development of its new airport in southern Ipoh.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadirsaid the new airport was capable of competing successfully with other airports and offered a good alternative to airline companies as the MRO servicescentred in Subangis already congested at present.

"We would like to offer that as one of the potential businesses in the future," he said inan interview with BernamaatAngkasapurirecently.

Besides MRO services, Zambrysaid the new airport was also expected to have other facilitiessuch as customs, immigration and quarantine complex.

He explained that the need for a new airport is practical nowas the existing airport in Ipoh, namely Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, hada short runway and very high traffic and it was unable to accommodate the high volume of passengers.

"The new airport will not onlyprovide advantages solely to Perak, but also the nation.

"The location for the construction (of new airport) has been identified. We only need to get the approvals from the Federal government, the Department of Civil Aviationand also other airline authorities," he said.

Zambrywas optimistic the approvals would be obtained next year and said the project would be implemented with a government-linked company under the public-private partnership initiative.

He added that Perakwas prepared to developthe new airport area as an industrial centre focusing on airline andequipped with the latest technology in the face ofIndustry4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


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