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Zambry: Low-Cost Carrier Terminal May Be Built in Perak

SEPANG, 13 JANUARY, 2011: A low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) may be built in Perak to fuel its economic growth and development of the Northern Corridor Economic Region.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said several rounds of discussions have been held with the low-cost carrier AirAsia.
“I hope the proposal will be forwarded to the federal government for consideration. However, the idea is still at initial stage. We’ve to study it  from all aspects. However, early planning has already started. It’s only a matter of time before we formally propose to the federal government to study the proposal in
greater detail on the suitability and viability of a new airport. It all depends on the Federal Government on what it has to say about it,” he told reporters after accompanying the Sultan of Perak, Sutan Azlan Shah, who visited the LCCT, AirAsia office and the airline’s academy here.

Dr Zambry said a prospective site has been identified at the corridor region in northern Perak.
“It is not at the existing airport. It’s difficult for us to expand the existing airport because Ipoh and the surrounding area are already quite congested as well. It’s very much developed. We’ve no choice. We’ve to look for a new area. We’ve already proposed to AirAsia several locations and they have also send
their team to study the locations and have decided on the area,” he said.
On the state government’s role in building the LCCT, Dr Zambry said the state government would facilitate all the processes.
Dr Zambry said Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, operator of the country’s airports, has been informed of the proposal.

“We will bring them together at this stage because we would like to also hear from them, he said.
Asked on the purpose of today’s visit, Dr Zambry said: “We just want to get ourselves familiar with the LCCT. That’s all.”
Meanwhile, AirAsia Group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said having a LCCT in the north was one of the opportunities for the airline.
“That is one opportunity but it is still at a very early stage. Obviously, we have been always looking at something up north and how it turns up. We’ve always said we need a low-cost airport or a terminal in the north. We always believe in that strongly,” he said.

Fernandes said a low-cost airline could provide tremendous growth to the northern corridor.
“We’ve always said there should be a LCCT in the north if you really want to provide economic development but it’s really up to the government. We see it as an opportunity. It’s a tremendous opportunity, especially with the entry point projects under the Economic Transformation Programme…for
something to serve the north,” he said.
Asked whether AirAsia would build its own airport in the north, Fernandes said: “No. AirAsia is an airline. We will focus on moving people from A to B and that’s our job. It’s not our job to build airports.”
— Bernama

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