Penang justifies need for two runways

The call for two runways comes after Kedah proposed a two-runway international airport to be built in Kulim.


Penang International Airport


Penang refuted claims that air passenger and cargo traffic do not justify the need for two runways at the present Penang International Airport (PIA).

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the current facility can only cater for up to 6.5 million passengers and this would be breached by 2015 despite a recent upgrade.

He also noted that 153,703 tonnes of airfreight movement were recorded in 2013 on the back of RM3.9 billion worth of investments compared to 2012 which recorded 123,246 tonnes and RM2.4 billion respectively.

He said PIA, having two runways, can cater to passenger and cargo demand for the next 20 to 30 years. “It is wrong to say there is no space for a second runway as there is land and the possibility of reclamation,” he said in a press conference here today.

The call for two runways comes after Kedah proposed a two-runway international airport to be built in Kulim. Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir reportedly defended the proposal saying the facility could benefit the entire northern region. Lim nonetheless took pains to explain that he was not against Kedah having an international airport but noted the state already had two, in Alor Star and Langkawi.