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Old December 24th, 2010, 04:54 PM   #1
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Penang International Airport
Penang International Airport (IATA: PEN), previously known as Bayan Lepas International Airport, is situated in the Bayan Lepas area of Penang, Malaysia. The airport is located 16 km (10 miles) south of George Town, the capital city of Penang.

Penang International Airport is a medium-sized airport with good connections to major cities in South East Asia. The airport serves as the main airport for the northern region of Malaysia. Passengers arriving or departing from the north will have a view of George Town, Butterworth and the Penang Bridge. Waiting times for check-in and baggage claims are relatively short compared to other larger regional airports. The airport is not crowded and basic facilities are available for users.

Penang International Airport is the third busiest airport in the country, right after Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Penang International Airport won the Best Emerging Airport (Asia) in 23rd annual Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards 2009(AFSCA) and Airport of the Year (below 15 million passenger annually) in the 2009 Frost and Sullivan Asia Pacific Aerospace and Defence Awards.

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Penang Airport Handled More Cargoes In Jan-Nov Period
December 20, 2010 14:14 PM
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GEORGE TOWN, Dec 20 (Bernama) -- The cargo traffic at the Penang International Airport (PIA) in Bayan Lepas surged significantly in the first eleven months of this year, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.

He said cargo traffic during the period hit 139,200 tonnes between January and November.

"The airport recorded a 12 per cent increase compared with the same period last year," he said before Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak officiated a ground-breaking ceremony for an extension project at the Bayan Lepas International Airport here Monday.

On passenger traffic, he said: "About 3,717,625 passengers used the terminal this year between January and Novermber placing the airport in fourth rank after the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching airports," he said.

However, Kong said the current string of extension works would further complement previous works in ensuring the airport continued to offer world-class service and facilities to passengers.

He said it was important that major developments and expansion at PIA meet the demand of travellers.

"There is no doubt that with a modern and contemporary look, PIA will not just increase the tourism and economic image of the state but also set the standard for a modern trend of facilitation and robust operations for its passengers," he said.

Kong reiterated that the federal government would continue to work and improve the state's infrastucture in order to generate economic growth.

"Apart from the expansion of the airport, we will also continue the second bridge project to increase mobility into Penang, especially local tourists, " he said.

He added the expansion work on the PIA was expected to be completed by 2012.

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RM250mil upgrade for Penang airport
Tuesday December 21, 2010 By CHRISTINA CHIN and MANJIT KAUR
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New look:
Closeup of a model showing the new PIA after the expansion.


THE Penang International Airport (PIA) will have a spanking new look in June 2012 under its RM250mil expansion project.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the project, which comes under the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) blueprint, was carried out by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday.

The airport’s new terminal facade will have a modern and contemporary concept with more retail and food outlets of renowned international brands and high quality local names.

In his address, Najib said equipping terminals with modern public facilities and delivering high level customer service were key to portraying a favourable image of the country to travellers.

“Cooperation and coordination between airlines, airport operators and government agencies are also essential in ensuring a pleasant experience for travellers,” he said, adding that the PIA would employ ‘meeters and greeters’ and increase its engagement with the local community around the airport to better serve visitors to the state.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the PIA’s passenger load had consistently ranked fourth among the country’s 39 airports.

“From January to November, the number of passengers using the PIA increased by more than 26% to 3.7 million compared to the same period last year.

“Compared to 2009, cargo traffic has also risen by 12% in the same period to 139,200,161kg,” he said.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, said the expansion was part of its five-year “Runway to Success” business strategy to realise its vision for traffic growth, commercial deve-lopment and service excellence.

“The PIA has surpassed its maximum capacity with the aggressive growth of both passenger and aircraft movements in the last few years,” he said.

The expansion works involve three main packages — upgrading the main infrastructure, utility and related buildings (package one); main terminal building (package two) and air-side area facilities (package three).

Formerly dubbed the Bayan Lepas International Airport, the terminal was built in 1977 and has since undergone several upgrading measures including resurfacing the runway in 2007, expanding the terminal and increasing the check-in counters in 2008 and restoring the taxiway and apron last year.

The latest upgrading was announced by the Federal Go- vernment as part of its RM6bil fiscal stimulus package last year.

Once completed, the floor area will double to 52,000sq m, with an ability to support some 5 mil- lion passengers compared to only 3.5 million now.

Bashir said there would be more aircraft parking bays, immigration, customs and security screening counters, baggage reclaim carousels, departure lanes, public seating and toilets.

He said 800 extra car park lots would be added to the existing 1,200.

Bashir added that the main significant additions were the inline baggage screening and segregation of international and domestic passengers.

“The inline baggage screening will improve passenger flow as they won’t need to screen their baggages before checking in. Better segregation of international and domestic passengers will enhance security measures,” he said.
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Be patient, airport woes to end in 2012
By ZALINAH NOORDIN Saturday January 1, 2011
http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.as...1761&sec=North



Modern look: (above left and right) Artist's impressions
of the Penang International Airport after the expansion.

MALAYSIA Airports Berhad (MAB) is seeking the co-operation of passengers during the ongoing expansion of the Penang International Airport as the upgrading work is expected to last 18 months.

MAB operations services senior general manager Datuk Azmi Murad said the upgrading process was expected to be completed by June 2012, therefore there was a need for cooperation and patience from the public.

He expressed confidence that the contractors would meet the deadline while also assuring that all measures would be taken to minimise hassle to the passengers and airport users alike.

“MAB is working closely with the police to minimise congestion in view of the various renovations. We will advise from time to time if passengers need to be diverted to new departure and arrival areas,” he said.

For now, MAB has relocated the designated VIP parking, passenger drop-off and pick-up points to outside the airport. There is also an alternate area to use the Rapid Penang, taxi and limousine services.

Azmi explained that the expansion was necessary as the airport here caters to a rapid passenger growth, with more than 10,000 users daily now or 3.7 million passengers annually.

“When completed, the terminal will encompass a state-of-the-art architecture, facilities and interior designing to provide better comfort level to airliners and passengers alike,” Azmi told a press conference after hosting a media tour of the airport’s expansion sites in Bayan Lepas.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the RM250mil project, which comes under the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) blueprint, was done by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak last week.

The expansion involves three main packages — upgrading of the main infrastructure, utilities and related buildings (package one); main terminal building (package two) and outside area facilities (package three).

Azmi said that upon completion of the upgrading, the airport would be the most modern in the country and also in the region.

Among others, passengers can expect to see the doubling of floor area from 27,5000sq m to 52,000sq m, an increase in aircraft parking bays, immigration, customs, security screening counters, baggage reclaim carousels and car parking lots (from 1,200 to 2,000 bays).

“There will also be more seating space and public restrooms,” he said.

He added that there were two significant features which were not in the current airport terminal including baggage screening at the ticket check-in counters.

This would improve passenger flow as they no longer have to screen their baggage before checking-in.

There would also be a segregation of international and domestic passengers.

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Work in progress: Azmi at the project site outside the Penang International Airport.



A view of the ongoing works outside the airport in Bayan Lepas.
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More Penang-Guangzhou flights likely
Thursday February 24, 2011
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CHINA Southern Airlines Co. Ltd is looking at increasing its daily Penang to Guangzhou flights.

Its general manager Terry Deng said there was great potential for the airlines to increase the number of daily flights which were introduced in April last year, as more people were travelling now.

“The Penang-Guangzhou route is one of the most profitable in terms of sales to us,” he told a press conference at state Tourism Development and Culture Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang’s office.

Deng said with the available open-skies (air) agreement between Malaysia and China, the airlines did not foresee any restriction in the increase of its flights.

“This year will also see us introducing the Airbus 380 which has a capacity of carrying 600 passengers. This would help in bringing in tourists from Europe and the United States to Guangzhou.”

He added that with 420 aircraft, the airline had one of the biggest fleets in Asia and even globally.

“Last year alone, we served 76 million passengers on our flights,” he said.

Law said the number of tourist arrivals from Guangzhou to Penang had increased by 155.72% from 10,969 between January and November in 2009 to 28,050 for the same period last year.

He said that besides Penang, the airline was also flying twice daily to Kuala Lumpur and three times daily to Singapore.

Law said the state had printed 5,000 leaflets which would be distributed at the airport, hotels, shopping malls and travel agencies. The leaflets list tourism events which are scheduled to be held in Penang.
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Airport road to be demolished
Monday March 7, 2011
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THERE will only be one level for the public to drop off and pick up passengers at the Penang International Airport in future.

The present road leading to the departure level of the airport will be demolished soon as part of the ongoing upgrading works at the airport.

Malaysia Airports Berhad (MAB) senior manager Arif Jaafar said the road would be demolished by the end of this month.

He said MAB decided to merge down the drop-off point to the same level where passengers are currently being picked up to better monitor traffic flow.

He said there was currently congestion at the drop-off level for departures as many arriving passengers chose to be picked up at this level as well.

“Despite signs informing them that the level is strictly for dropping off departing passengers, arriving passengers will still head towards this level as it is more convenient for them,” Arif said.

He said there would be three vehicle lanes each for departing and arriving passengers at one level in future.

He said the upgrading at the airport was scheduled for completion by June next year and that MAB was doing all it could to minimise inconvenience during this period.

Arif advised passengers departing from Penang to come to the airport early as well as to check in early to avoid missing their flights.

He said MAB had received many complaints of passengers missing their flights during the recent Chinese New Year period due to traffic congestion on the way to the airport.
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Penang airport upgrade going smoothly
By Marina Emmanuel Published: 2011/03/23
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THE RM250 million upgrade of the Penang International Airport is 15.72 per cent complete, while the target date for the whole project to be completed remains June next year, said the airport's operator.

Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd general manager for planning and development Datuk Abdul Nasir Abdul Razak also said works on three zones of the project have been progressing smoothly, with piling works nearing completion.

The pile cap is reportedly more than halfway completed with the water reticulation and the centralised utilities building partially completed.

A site office for the project is almost ready, while temporary diversion and relocation is 70 per cent complete, he added.

"We are confident of meeting the June 2012 deadline," Abdul Nasir told Business Times.

The funds allocated for the Penang airport , located in Bayan Lepas on the island, are part of a RM60 billion fiscal stimulus package announced by the government in 2009.

The airport was last expanded in 2001 to accommodate an annual capacity of 5 million passengers.

In reality however, the airport can accommodate only slightly more than 3 million passengers a year because space meant for transit passengers has been leased to duty-free shops and other operators.

Abdul Nasir said there are no plans in this current upgrade to include dedicated facilities for low-cost carriers.

He, however, added that three new aircraft parking bays will be dedicated for turbo-propeller operators.

"We currently have eight aircraft parking bays, eight connecting bays, eight open bays and two general aviation bays.

"Once the upgrading works are completed, there will be 12 connecting bays, three for the turboprops, one bay each for a helipad and general aviation respectively, while open bays remain at eight," he said.

On the status of plans announced by MAHB earlier to call for tenders for a privatised hotel and carpark in the grounds of the airport, Abdul Nasir said: "It is still in a process where a consultant needs to be appointed."
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Penang airport records highest arrivals growth
By Marina Emmanuel Published: 2011/03/26
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The Penang International Airport emerged tops in terms of arrivals growth last year among the country's five international airports.

It recorded a 25 per cent growth in 2010, as the airport located in Bayan Lepas on Penang island welcomed 4.1 million arrivals, against the 3.3 million in 2009.

The other four Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd (MAHB)'s managed international airports are in Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.

"We are projecting a 10 per cent growth in arrivals at the Penang airport this year," Datuk Azmi Murad, MAHB's senior general manager for operations, said a briefing in Penang yesterday.

Also present was Mohd Arif Jaafar, MAHB senior airport manager for Penang.

Azmi said efforts by the federal and state governments contributed to the record growth.

The Penang International Airport is served by 13 commercial airlines and nine air cargo companies.

Once the RM250 million upgrading works on the airport are completed next year, more airlines are expected to serve it.

"We understand that community airline Firefly has plans to operate more international routes out of Penang but the timing of this will of course be determined by the airline," he added.

Among the updates given on the airport upgrades was that an airport hotel and multi-storey carpark were still being considered as part of the project.

The airport last underwent renovations in 2001.
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Air passengers face patience test
2011/03/28 By Phuah Ken Lin
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Works in progress to create more parking bays.

GEORGE TOWN: Come Friday, passengers flying into or out of Penang will face a lot of inconvenience.

This is because the driveway to the departure hall of Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas will be demolished.

The demolition is part of the RM250 million project involving major developments and renovations within the airport.

The project is estimated to be completed by June next year.

The last major renovation was carried out in 2001 to bring the airport's annual capacity up to five million passengers. The passenger volume has since exceeded that figure.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAB) senior general manager (operations) Datuk Azmi Murad said the driveway was being demolished to make way for the construction of two access ramps outside the departure hall.

This means passengers taking flights out of Penang will have to go through the arrival hall before taking the stairs or escalator to the departure hall.

The new ramps entering and exiting the departure hall, Azmi said, will be complemented by a wider vehicle access road in front of the departure zone once the project was completed. In the meantime, Azmi said people going to the airport would have to bear with hassles such as limited parking.

"We are in the process of arranging temporary parking lots, a vehicle drop-off and pick-up zone as well as a public transport zone designated for airport users," he said.

Azmi said police and Rela officers would be stationed at the airport to ensure smooth traffic flow during the closure period. He said there would be a comprehensive traffic dispersal plan to minimise disruption. When the project was completed, he said, there would be 2,000 public parking lots, compared to the current 1,218.

"I appeal to the public to be patient with us and thank them for being understanding," Azmi said.

He said a portion of the existing driveway ramp would remain open to ambulances and disabled people before the demolition.

He said signboards would be put up at strategic locations to divert the alternative traffic flow during the upgrading works.

The improvements at the airport include additional aircraft parking bays and aerobridges, new toilets, baggage check-in system and an upgraded facade.
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