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Kedah kemuka cadangan bina lapangan terbang baharu
12 Jun 2014 / 14 Syaaban 1435
http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Dal...-kemuka-cadangan-bina-lapangan-terbang-baharu

ALOR SETAR 12 Jun - Kerajaan negeri sudah mengemukakan cadangan pembinaan lapangan terbang antarabangsa baharu di Kulim yang bakal beroperasi untuk kargo dan penumpang.

Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr. Mahathir berkata, cadangan tersebut dikemukakan kepada Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak baru-baru ini untuk diperhalusi.

Katanya, lokasi lapangan terbang tersebut terletak berdekatan dengan Taman Teknologi Tinggi Kulim (KHTP) dan bakal dibina di atas tanah seluas lebih 600 hektar.

''Perdana Menteri sudah dimaklumkan perkara ini. Pembinaan lapangan terbang ini langkah terbaik untuk merancakkan sektor industri di negeri termasuk negeri-negeri di zon Utara,'' katanya selepas merasmikan program peningkatan Kerjaya dan Sukan Pegawai-pegawai Tadbir Negeri Kedah, Johor, Kelantan dan Terengganu di sini hari ini.

Kedah kini mempunyai dua lapangan terbang iaitu Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Halim (LTSAH) dan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Langkawi. - UTUSAN ONLINE
Kedah revives plan for international airport
BY JASMIME - 13 JUNE 2014 @ 8:05 AM
http://www.nst.com.my/node/2311

ALOR STAR: KEDAH'S dream of having an international airport has been revived with Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir revealing yesterday that the state government is in preliminary discussions with the Federal level to build an international airport in Kulim.

He said the proposed airport would service north Malaysia as the demand for air travel was constantly increasing.

"Although we already have the Penang International Airport in the north, we can foresee congestion becoming an issue in coming years.

"Penang has a limited land area. We have 600 hectares of land we can use in Kulim," Mukhriz said, adding that the land could be used for longer and wider airstrips.

He said the state government was confident the project would help boost the economic activities in the northern region.

The idea for an airport in Kulim was first mooted in 1997 by the then Kedah menteri besar Tan Sri Sanusi Junid.

The proposal then involved building an airport on a man-made island, off Kuala Muda, which was to be reclaimed.

The project was welcomed by the Federal Government and then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed, but received objections from then Penang chief minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.

Koh's administration felt it would become a major competitor to the Penang International Airport and presumably affect the island's economy.

In another development, Mukhriz said the state would be exporting its food products to Johor soon with the latter, in turn, exporting its domestic products to the former such as detergents and other items.

Returning from a working visit to the state, Mukhriz said a lot of could be learned from the southern state in terms of administration, business entrepreneurship and tourism attractions.

"One of the key takeaways was a business forum we attended where we find there is a lot of potential for exchange of trade between the two states.

"We should consider a transportation system where goods from Kedah are sent to Johor and the same transportation system is utilised to transport goods from Johor to Kedah."
 

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If this opens, there better be a rail link to Penang or this will be a complete fail

You cannot have 2 airports running at the same time. One will be empty.
 

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‘New international airport to meet increasing needs of north zones’
Posted on June 15, 2014, Sunday
http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/0...ncreasing-needs-of-north-zones/#ixzz34h3PwO1n

KUALA LUMPUR: The construction of a new international airport in Kedah will accommodate the needs of burgeoning passengers and cargo services in the northern states.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir said the Penang International Airport would not be able to accommodate the increase in cargo and passengers in northern states in the future.

He said this at a media conference after opening the 2014 Kedah Festival here yesterday.

Recently, the state government had made a proposal for the construction of an international airport on a 6,000ha site in Kulim to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Meanwhile, the 2014 Kedah Festival is aimed at promoting the cultures, traditions and tourist attractions in Kedah and collect funds for the setting up of a Kedah House in the national capital.

The festival is organised by the Kedah Women Association chapters in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. — Bernama
 

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Why build another international airport at Kulim, Kedah? – Chua Tong Ka

The news of another international airport in southern Kedah, near Kulim, currently and presumably at the advanced stage of discussion has come as a surprise to many.

Political undertones aside, let us look at the economic arguments for and against another international airport at close proximity to the one in Penang.

Like all infrastructure projects, the proposed new airport must substantially add value to the nation’s output capacity.



Given the deficit position of the federal government for umpteen years now, the need for prudence is required.
The development expenditure involved must be considered carefully because once the project is completed, operating and maintenance expenditure will start to kick in annually.

If the airport is not self-sustained (i.e. not able to earn its own upkeep), it will certainly create another drain on the national coffer.

To me airports must serve businesses and passengers, not for glamour or jingoistic reasons.

Over the years, we built Senai Airport, Tanjung Pelepas Seaport and imposed levies on lorries carrying goods across the Causeway to try to divert trade away from Singapore but without much success.

You see, airports and seaports must provide seamless connectivity and convenience to passengers and cargoes moving in and out of the region.

Critical mass, connectivity and economics of scale are very important to an international airport.

If Penang International Airport has reached its capacity (as claimed), a better solution is to expand the airport and improve on its configuration.

This is definitely more logical and sensible than building another international airport at close proximity which may disperse cargoes and passengers and dilute the critical mass of an international airport.

Instead of having one international airport with one air hub, we may end up with two half-past-six airports but with zero air hub.

I do not think "land scarce" Penang island would deprive its airport expansion plan and requirements.

How much land does Singapore have and how big is Changi Airport

Yes, the size of the airport is important, but ultimately it is the configuration and seamless operation within that will determine its capacity and output.

If one well-managed Singapore airport is good enough for the whole of Southeast Asia, I believe one well-managed Penang International Airport is good enough for the whole of Northern States and even Southern Thailand.

Don’t forget, having two airports needs two capital investments and two overhead costs.

One big airport is cheaper to operate than two medium sized airports.

We know Kedah has lots of land available. Maybe it is time for them to think of other uses than building another airport.

By the way, we must all upgrade the standard and quality of our debates on public issues.

If Penang tunnel project does not make economic sense, we must all debate and hear more about it.

Certainly it should not be used as a "trade-off" argument to build an unfeasible and impractical airport. That is childlike. – June 15, 2014.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/...rnational-airport-at-kulim-kedah-chua-tong-ka
 

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Kulim airport proposal lauded
15 JUNE 2014 @ 2:26 PM

GEORGE TOWN: The objection by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng against having a new airport in Kulim, Kedah, has drawn flak from many quarters as they say the new infrastructure is a “win-win” for both northern states.

Non-governmental organisations, the man-on-the-street and politicians said Lim ignored the fact that the proposed airport in Kulim would serve as a new gateway to spur economic development, not just in Kedah, but also Penang.

Penang Malay Congress president Rahmad Isahak felt the new airport mooted by the Kedah government would benefit Penang as well.

“Kedah is near Penang. Why worry when the proposed airport is so close to Penang? Land is scarce in Penang and the only option available is to reclaim the sea for the proposed airport.”

Penang Citizen Awareness Group (Chant) legal adviser Yan Lee said the state needed an integrated public transportation system.

He said the revival of trams in Penang and building a mass rapid transit system should be a priority.

Insurance agent Ignatius James, 58, said a better alternative would be to build a smaller airport in view of the high cost involved in building a international airport.

“As a Penangite, I will be biased and want the new airport to be in Penang, but for once let’s look at the bigger picture.”

“The proposed airport in Kulim will enable Kedah to catch up. There should not be any discrimination between Penang and Kedah as both states should grow hand-in-hand.”

Penang Gerakan chairman Teng Chang Yeow said there was no need to build a second airport in Penang.

He said the current Penang International Airport, however, needed an upgrade.

“We can expand the current airport through sea reclamation and land acquisition.”

Penang MIC chairman M. Karupannan said Lim should give Kedah a chance to fastrack its development.

“A new airport in Kulim would go a long way to stimulate the manufacturing and tourism sectors in Kedah and Penang.”

It was reported that Lim said his administration was willing to provide land for the proposed airport on Friday when asked about Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahatir’s proposal to set up a new international airport for the northern region in Kulim.

Mukhriz had argued that the demand for air travel was increasing and that Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas would become congested in coming years.

Lim said there was no need for another airport in Kedah as there were two airports in the state — Langkawi International Airport and Sultan Abdul Halim Airport.
 

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Kulim airport proposal lauded
15 JUNE 2014 @ 2:26 PM


Insurance agent Ignatius James, 58, said a better alternative would be to build a smaller airport in view of the high cost involved in building a international airport.

“As a Penangite, I will be biased and want the new airport to be in Penang, but for once let’s look at the bigger picture.”

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Maybe Lim want airport to be in Penang too...
 

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Lapangan terbang masih fasa awal

ALOR SETAR - Cadangan projek pembinaan lapangan terbang antarabangsa zon utara di Kedah masih dalam peringkat awal.

Menteri Besar Kedah, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir berkata, kerajaan negeri sudah mengeluarkan surat kepada Kerajaan Persekutuan mengenai cadangan itu yang akan menyediakan perkhidmatan kargo dan penumpang.

Menurutnya, perkara itu berada dalam pengetahuan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dan perbincangan lanjut akan diadakan dengan beberapa kementerian termasuk kementerian kewangan.

“Kerajaan negeri mengemukakan cadangan kepada kerajaan persekutuan untuk membina sebuah lapangan terbang antarabangsa untuk zon utara di Kulim iaitu sempadan Kulim-Sungai Petani.

“Tawaran kami ialah menyediakan bidang tanah yang luas, seluas 6,000 hektar dan mampu menampung dua landasan untuk kargo dan penumpang,” katanya pada sidang media di sini, kelmarin.

Beliau berkata, cadangan pembinaan lapangan terbang antarabangsa itu adalah bagi menampung keperluan pengangkutan udara di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang yang semakin terhad dan
permintaan tinggi daripada pengguna.

“Kita lihat permintaan pengangkutan itu semakin meningkat dan bekalan dari lapangan terbang antarabangsa di Pulau Pinang akan menjadi semakin terhad pada masa akan datang.

“Dengan keperluan kargo dan penumpang yang semakin hari semakin bertambah dan kita tahu Pulau Pinang mempunyai tanah yang terhad, lapangan terbangnya tak boleh dikembangkan lagi,” katanya.

Mukhriz berkata, Kedah kini mempunyai dua lapangan terbang iaitu Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Halim di Kepala Batas dan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Langkawi.

Beliau berkata, kewujudan lapangan terbang itu akan membantu merancakkan ekonomi di zon utara termasuk selatan Thailand.

“Kami yakin projek ini akan menjadi pencetus pertumbuhan ekonomi seluruh zon utara bukan hanya untuk Kedah malah Perlis, Pulau Pinang dan Perak serta Selatan Thailand,” katanya.

http://www.sinarharian.com.my/edisi/utara/lapangan-terbang-masih-fasa-awal-1.290065
 
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Kulim has its own industrial park, true. But does that justify its own airport when one is not that far away?

Shah Alam, Northport, Chan Sow Lin, Batu Caves have their industrial park too. Maybe Gebeng also deserves its own airport now that Lynas is there and Kuantan airport is half an hour's drive away. What about Tanjong Malim and Serendah where Proton and Perodua are manufactured?

Mega projects such as airports, highways or MRT are always packaged as opportunities to stimulate economic growth.

But that can be interpreted in two ways.

For developers, contractors, suppliers etc and their shareholders, mega projects means more work, higher need for cement and steel bars, more works that requires cranes, bulldozers, cement mixers etc. But this kind of economic stimulus will stop once the project is done.

For ordinary citizens like us, we are looking forward to the long term benefits, since that's the only benefit for us, not the construction spillovers. Long term benefits such as more tourists from overseas, making our towns more attractive to investors to set up factories, faster for local farmers to export their produce, and generally easier access for all of us for example when one needs to pay a visit hospitals, libraries or swimming pools. That will be the long term economic stimulus.

But unfortunately, if decision makers approve the mega projects mainly because of the short term construction benefit, instead of the long term social benefit, you will get highways which cut communities into pieces without providing proper ingress and egress ramps, neighbourhoods will see their existing junctions sealed off or turned into one-side only access since no flyover is provided, commuters will see MRT simply runs alongside highways, with stations next to golf courses or in the middle of nowhere, and even airports with very little connections such as Ipoh, Malacca etc.

So, how would these white elephants stimulate economic growth beyond the initial construction period?
 

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Kulim has its own industrial park, true. But does that justify its own airport when one is not that far away?

Shah Alam, Northport, Chan Sow Lin, Batu Caves have their industrial park too. Maybe Gebeng also deserves its own airport now that Lynas is there and Kuantan airport is half an hour's drive away. What about Tanjong Malim and Serendah where Proton and Perodua are manufactured?

Mega projects such as airports, highways or MRT are always packaged as opportunities to stimulate economic growth.

But that can be interpreted in two ways.

For developers, contractors, suppliers etc and their shareholders, mega projects means more work, higher need for cement and steel bars, more works that requires cranes, bulldozers, cement mixers etc. But this kind of economic stimulus will stop once the project is done.

For ordinary citizens like us, we are looking forward to the long term benefits, since that's the only benefit for us, not the construction spillovers. Long term benefits such as more tourists from overseas, making our towns more attractive to investors to set up factories, faster for local farmers to export their produce, and generally easier access for all of us for example when one needs to pay a visit hospitals, libraries or swimming pools. That will be the long term economic stimulus.

But unfortunately, if decision makers approve the mega projects mainly because of the short term construction benefit, instead of the long term social benefit, you will get highways which cut communities into pieces without providing proper ingress and egress ramps, neighbourhoods will see their existing junctions sealed off or turned into one-side only access since no flyover is provided, commuters will see MRT simply runs alongside highways, with stations next to golf courses or in the middle of nowhere, and even airports with very little connections such as Ipoh, Malacca etc.

So, how would these white elephants stimulate economic growth beyond the initial construction period?
The cities your compared with Kulim have hardly any similarites with Kulim. Yes Kulim has its own industrial park. However its strategic geographic location (which is just next to Penang) renders a new airport possible. Kulim is economically more attached to Penang than to the rest of Kedah.
Johor Bahru is a better city to be compared with. It's next to the economically more advanced Singapore, and acts like a Satellite city to it.
You can't really separate economy like you do, as every sector depends on each other. Like tourism ( which is service sector) and industrial sector highly depends on transportation.
This airport may act like either the initiator or catalyst for the northern region's economy, like the bridge that links the Malay peninsula to Indonesia.
 

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The cities your compared with Kulim have hardly any similarites with Kulim. Yes Kulim has its own industrial park. However its strategic geographic location (which is just next to Penang) renders a new airport possible. Kulim is economically more attached to Penang than to the rest of Kedah.
Johor Bahru is a better city to be compared with. It's next to the economically more advanced Singapore, and acts like a Satellite city to it.
You can't really separate economy like you do, as every sector depends on each other. Like tourism ( which is service sector) and industrial sector highly depends on transportation.
This airport may act like either the initiator or catalyst for the northern region's economy, like the bridge that links the Malay peninsula to Indonesia.
If Kulim's ONLY comparative advantage is that it receives most of its passengers/cargo from Penang, then why not just leave PEN alone and let it expand. Already, the second bridge would serve its purpose by connecting those from the southern side of Seberang Prai and Northern Perak.

I believe the spillover for the airport being located in Penang would far benefit the region more than it being in Kulim, not just because the cost that would be involved into building the airport, but highways and its connectivity, hotels, as well as hard or soft infrastructure, human talent all around that area.

PEN had already gauge on that, and it doubled its passenger volume in a mere 10 years, recording a double digit growth annually in average. Relocating the airport would only make air travelling more inconvenient, especially for the tourist who are going to Penang, and that would only undermine Penang's tourism, and its economy as a whole now that the services sector consist of almost 42% of the Penang's economy pie.
 

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If Kulim's ONLY comparative advantage is that it receives most of its passengers/cargo from Penang, then why not just leave PEN alone and let it expand. Already, the second bridge would serve its purpose by connecting those from the southern side of Seberang Prai and Northern Perak.

I believe the spillover for the airport being located in Penang would far benefit the region more than it being in Kulim, not just because the cost that would be involved into building the airport, but highways and its connectivity, hotels, as well as hard or soft infrastructure, human talent all around that area.

PEN had already gauge on that, and it doubled its passenger volume in a mere 10 years, recording a double digit growth annually in average. Relocating the airport would only make air travelling more inconvenient, especially for the tourist who are going to Penang, and that would only undermine Penang's tourism, and its economy as a whole now that the services sector consist of almost 42% of the Penang's economy pie.
Yes you are right EricOng, and one more thing that all forummers should realise is that PIA is only a REGIONAL airport and can never compete/rival to KLIA and it shouldn't. It should be just be like say Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle, etc airports where they stay regional and only complement Heathrow/Gatwick as in the UK.

Therefore PIA should stay where it is and MAHB must do the vital 'upgrades' ASAP to make it comfortable/competitive to other regional airports such as Medan, Phuket, Hatyai, etc (actually IMHO thats where the competition is - not Kedah, Perak or others) . :cheers:
 
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