Transport minister Loke Siew Fook says the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport won’t ever exchange KLIA given their respective sizes and passenger capacities.
SEPANG: The federal government’s transfer to revamp Subang Airport as a premium metropolis airport is to not have it exchange Kuala Lumpur Worldwide Airport (KLIA), says transport minister Loke Siew Fook.
He mentioned there was “no means” the airport, additionally known as the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SAAS), might exchange KLIA given their respective sizes and passenger capacities.
“(In) Subang airport, our plan is to go as much as eight million passengers each year, however in KLIA, we’re speaking about 50 million (passengers each year) or extra,” he mentioned.
“Subang is supposed to be a premium metropolis airport. That may be a market area of interest we’re hoping to construct.
“It’s extra to draw enterprise passengers and can embrace a hub for personal jets,” he mentioned on the launch of the MYAirline scholar low cost programme at KLIA Terminal 2 right here.
In February, Loke introduced plans to show the airport right into a premium metropolis airport and aviation hub as a part of the brand new Subang Airport Rejuvenation Plan (SARP).
He was reported to have mentioned that the SARP, proposed by Malaysia Airports Holdings (MAHB), was introduced to the Cupboard on Jan 31 previous to its approval.
Loke mentioned the plan would give attention to enterprise aviation, regional industrial flight operations, and different industrial flights.
He added that the federal government had a number of coverage instruments to assist make SAAS a premium metropolis airport.
“Firstly, we’ll restrict the kinds of plane. Then, we’ll restrict the kind of locations, and eventually, by way of which explicit airport and which slot to be given, all that’s inside the management of the federal government via airport authorities,” he mentioned.
“And it’s not simply concerning the airport. We additionally need to construct a upkeep, restore, and overhaul (MRO) hub in Subang so the aviation trade (in Malaysia) can develop to not simply being an operator but additionally a hub for upkeep and repairs.”
Making Subang an MRO hub would create many high-income job alternatives, Loke mentioned.
Final Monday, Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) managing director Izham Ismail was reported to have mentioned that upgrading SAAS would inevitably draw some flights away from KLIA.
Izham claimed that modifications in flight visitors might weaken KLIA’s place because the nation’s major airport hub and known as for acceptable measures to handle that risk.