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Old June 28th, 2006, 10:26 AM   #1
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PEN | Penang International Airport

RM28.6m to refurbish airport

By EMMELINE TAN

PENANG: Check-in counters at the Penang International Airport will almost be doubled when the RM28.6mil refurbishment work is completed in two years.

Senior airport manager Abdul Wahab Mohd Yusof said 32 new check-in counters would be built in addition to the current 32 counters.

But 10 of the old check-in counters would be demolished to make way for a building extension, he said.

He said the expansion was necessary to cope with the increasing passenger load and number of airlines taking up space at the airport.

This is the second major refurbishment for the airport since it started operations in 1979. The first refurbishment of the interior of the airport terminal was completed in 2001.

Ten existing check-in couners will be removed but 32 new ones will be added.
Abdul Wahab said apart from repairing the 14 aircraft parking bays which had developed cracks, a new one, large enough to accommodate the Boeing 747, would be built.

He said the airport had almost reached its optimum capacity as it was designed to accommodate 3.5 million passengers per year.

“Last year, 2.99mil passengers passed through the airport while in 2005, there were 3.1 million passengers.

“We have 15 passenger airlines and 13 cargo airlines utilising our airport and have received proposals from Mahan Air, Top Air and Asmara Air to be based here.

“AirAsia has also been increasing the number of flights from Penang following the rationalisation of the domestic air services sector,” he added.

Abdul Wahab said works to repair the surface of the airport runways had been ongoing for a year. The runways are now closed from midnight to 5am daily. Work should be completed by the end of the year.

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Old June 28th, 2006, 10:30 AM   #2
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Mahan Air, Top Air dari Indonesia ker?

i know a bit abt Asmara Air.. the new buyer came to visit his brother here qte a while ago.

mmm.. maybe TYW & Pablo can go n take some pictures of the airport kat Bayan Lepas tu.. tq tq tq.
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Old June 29th, 2006, 03:51 PM   #3
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Mahan Air? They did come few weeks ago on a charterred flight from Tehran, but would be good to get some direct flights from west asia. Top Air did come few months ago..bt had stopped since, The terminal should be expanded I must say..and Air Asia would most probably choose penang as its northen hub, and more and more Indonesian carriers are using PEN, more thn KLIA.
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RM28.6m to refurbish airport

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Ten existing check-in couners will be removed but 32 new ones will be added.
Abdul Wahab said apart from repairing the 14 aircraft parking bays which had developed cracks, a new one, large enough to accommodate the Boeing 747, would be built.
me and my colleagues did PCA ( pavement condition assesment ) at Penang International Airport 2 monts ago, and yes, PIA's runway and apron is in bad condition..patching here and there, cracks everywhere and uneven surfaces. Look at the photo below, cracks at the apron.
( somewhere near gate 13, PIA )

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Old July 1st, 2006, 07:34 AM   #5
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Mahan Air, Top Air dari Indonesia ker?

i know a bit abt Asmara Air.. the new buyer came to visit his brother here qte a while ago.

mmm.. maybe TYW & Pablo can go n take some pictures of the airport kat Bayan Lepas tu.. tq tq tq.
no new pics, old pics ade lah...
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^ can also la.. no problem wan

last time when i was there in 2001 kat 'kedai kopi' out there, i heard some MAB staff cakap pasal Con-Air, i was thinking eh, Continental flies to Penang ker? sudah bagus, skipping KLIA terus direct fly ke Penang.. ha haa, so biler jumpa kawan kat airport, i was relating to him the same story, he said 'stupid la u, they were referring to AirAsia la.. ha haa
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Mahan Air's from Iran, Top Air is an Indonesian carrier.
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Old July 3rd, 2006, 09:11 PM   #8
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^ can also la.. no problem wan

last time when i was there in 2001 kat 'kedai kopi' out there, i heard some MAB staff cakap pasal Con-Air, i was thinking eh, Continental flies to Penang ker? sudah bagus, skipping KLIA terus direct fly ke Penang.. ha haa, so biler jumpa kawan kat airport, i was relating to him the same story, he said 'stupid la u, they were referring to AirAsia la.. ha haa
Continental doesnt fly to KUL. No American carriers fly to KLIA and i dont think anyone of them will commence flights soon because Malaysians are facing a very difficult time when it comes getting a US visa. Therefore, there is not enough traffic to sustain two airlines on the KUL - US sector.
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As a consolation......at least Northwest Airlines have a code sharing agreement to fly to KLIA
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As a consolation......at least Northwest Airlines have a code sharing agreement to fly to KLIA
I thought they have suspended flights to KL after the Sept 11 tragedy?
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As a consolation......at least Northwest Airlines have a code sharing agreement to fly to KLIA
Yeah they do. northwest and KLM are long time partners. NW code will probably appear on KLM flights to Amsterdam but that doesnt count because their plane will not appear in KLIA. Code sharing is becoming too common nowadays. If you purchase a northwest ticket here, you'll probably end up flying to Amsterdam first on a KLM plane and fly a Northwest plane from there.
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New airline to boost passenger traffic at Penang airport

By Marina Emmanuel
March 5 2007
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THE current under-capacity of the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas is set to change this year, with the entry of a new local airline.

It is learnt that the airline, which may be a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and called "FireFly", is currently awaiting its air services permit from the authorities and could be launched as early as this month.

Among others, the airline is required to convince the approving authorities of its customer service and safety capabilities, along with the number of personnel available to manage its operations.

A source told the Business Times that the Penang airport, designed to accommodate five million passengers per year, was operating below its capacity at the moment.

"Last year, only three million passengers used the airport so there is ample room for more," the source said.

MAS has confirmed that it is planning to set up a new domestic and regional operation to service the premium travel market, using the Penang airport as its base.

Codenamed "Project Firefly", MAS is reported to use Penang as a hub to service holiday destinations like Langkawi, Phuket and Medan, along with local destinations like Kota Baru and Kuala Terengganu.

Ahead of the new airline's entry, works are already underway to increase the number of check-in counters at the airport.

"There are currently 32 such counters but these have proven to be inadequate, so works have started for another 25-32 additional counters via a southwards expansion of the terminal building, the source said.

Meanwhile, it is also learnt that Penang's new low-cost carrier terminal is likely to be sited north of the existing passenger terminal building.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon announced last month that the Penang Government is in talks with Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd and the Department of Civil Aviation on land for a budget terminal in Bayan Lepas.

It is learnt that AirAsia has asked the State Government to donate the land.

The budget airline is also believed to be asking for rights to be the licensed operator to keep costs low for its passengers.
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'Firefly'!? what do you think guys
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Firefly? cute name..hehe...cant imagine the livery...it better come with orange livery to compliment the name..
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Old March 23rd, 2007, 02:13 PM   #15
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RapidPenang to provide bus service to airport
Friday March 23, 2007
By YENG AI CHUN
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PENANG: RapidPenang would provide a bus service to the air- port as the state poises itself to be a regional hub for low-cost carriers.

RapidKL chief operating officer Mohd Ali Mohd Nor said the buses would ply from Bayan Lepas to Weld Quay at intervals of 20 minutes and each trip would cost around RM3.

“We are responding to the call by the government to provide a good public bus service to the airport. Currently there are no buses going there,” he said.

“It is important the people of Penang receive an efficient public transport service,” he said.

Rapid Penang would ply five main corridors on the island – Balik Pulau to Weld Quay, Bayan Lepas to Weld Quay, Air Itam to Weld Quay, Teluk Bahang to Weld Quay and Teluk Bahang to Balik Pulau.

RapidPenang, expected to start operations in August, is a sub-sidiary of RapidKL that is owned by the Ministry of Finance.

On another matter, Mohd Ali said it was not fair of the Bus Users Group (BUG) to say that RapidKL buses were poorly maintained and not disabled-friendly.

”On what basis are they basing their study? Anyway, Penang would have brand new buses and that should not cause problems,” he said.

The study by BUG which was conducted on March 10 and March 11 included interviews with bus commuters and resident association representatives in Kuala Lum-pur.

Mohd Ali said RapidPenang would discuss with the local authorities regarding infrastructure for disabled-friendly facilities be-fore incorporating these features in their buses.

“Even if we were to install spe-cial disabled-friendly facilities in the bus, we need to make sure that we have proper infrastruc- ture to support the facilities,” he said.
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MAB is building wat I believe to be an additional tarmac for the Fokkker 50 near the private apron at Penang airport, some digging n laying of concrete pillars had started early this week.
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Low-cost carrier terminal for Penang
By Marina Emmanuel
April 3 2007


A 36-HECTARE site adjoining the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas has been earmarked by the state authorities for a new low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT), but it has not yet been decided who will develop and operate the facility

"It is not within our jurisdiction to decide, and we are awaiting word from the Federal Government on whether this will be Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd or a third party," Penang Tourism Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow told reporters yesterday.

Teng was with Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor who officially launched the inaugural flights for Firefly, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), at the airport in Penang yesterday.

It is learnt that budget carrier AirAsia Bhd has asked for the rights to be the licensed operator of the new terminal, in order to keep costs low for its passengers.

Teng said the new LCCT will be sited north of the existing passenger terminal building.

"Once the terminal is operational, it will serve as a supporting factor in boosting Penang's tourism industry," he noted.

Teng said with the entry of Firefly into Penang, the state authorities were keen to persuade MAS to reinstate its direct flight from London to Penang and onward to Australia.

"There is also demand for direct flights between Penang and Osaka and we are confident that there is a sufficient load for both routes," he added.

Meanwhile, MAS managing director and chief executive officer Idris Jala said Firefly's launch will compliment the national carrier's five-year network strategy to capitalise on high-growth travel regions through a more connected network.

He said Firefly will focus on developing the northern Peninsular Malaysia routes as well as those to the neighbouring regions from its base in Penang.

Firely commences commercial operations from today between Penang and Langkawi, Kota Baru, Kuantan and Kuala Terengganu.

In addition, the airline will offer daily services between Penang and the two Thai cities of Phuket and Koh Samui effective April 13.

Firefly began accepting bookings since March 19, with a complimentary offer of 2,000 return tickets on a first-come-first-served basis for travel till April 30.

The new airline is also offering tickets at rates starting from as low as RM9 per sector, excluding taxes and surcharges.
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 04:31 AM   #19
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North of the terminal? I believe its the area next to 2nd Cargo Complex, weird choice really, so far from the main terminal, Penang International is not as vast as KLIA, it would b better to move the existing cargo complex to the one near 2nd complex and build a LCCT at the cargo site.Even now, the 1st Cargo Complex is crowded, the road leading to the complex is very narrow.
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North means just beside the current passenger terminal, i guess...there is a small land but i think big enough for the LCCT...that land is use to park those small planes...i guess they will move those planes to other place
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