fairul said:the new terminal right?
im dying to see that one too..anyone been there before?
how come there's no photos of the new terminal in the paper meh?
hahaha..agree..and now the state goverment is lobbying Air Asia to turn AOR into a northern hub..lol..globocentric said:This terminal will be another white elephant. There is no demand to justify that.
Look at Langkawi. Langkawi receives a hell lot more international and domestic visitors compared to Alor Setar but it's airport traffic is still below 800000 , a figure that is lower than the secondary airports in Sarawak such as Miri and Bintulu. The new terminal in Langkawi is designed to handle a lot more passengers than that so it is in effect under utilized and can be labelled a white elephant. The gov tried very hard to lobby international flights to Langkawi but MAS cant sustain it's flights to Japan , HKG and London and cancelled them. The only international route out of Langkawi now is Singapore. If Langkawi Airport fails to meet expectations, what chances do Alor Setar have? Furthermore, Langkawi and Alor Setar are just too close to each other, Kedah does not have the population or purchasing power to sustain two international airports let alone onejohnsonooi said:Excuse me, can i know the reasons that why AOR is just another white elephant?
very true, the same applies to Kuala Terengganu........does that town really needs an airport?globocentric said:Alor Setar potential to be a northern hub is not only inhibited by small population, it is also one of the poorest cities in malaysia in terms of per capita income.I think Alor Setar will be the second poorest after Kangar in the west coast of peninsular malaysia. Why built an airport when most of the locals cant afford air travel? Does Alor Setar have any attractions for tourists?No. How can an airport be viable when there are not enough visitors to the city. I think most of the users of Alor Setar will be the locals and their numbers are constrained by income levels. Johor Bahru have a much higher per capita income but it's airport is still struggling. Therefore, any decision to turn Alor Setar into a northern hub will be a political one, not a commercial one. Penang has been plauged by enough political correctness, i dont wish to see any more of that
The Kuala Terengganu airport is quite deserted with the exception of a few tourists coming in for the islands off terengganu. However, i've been told that the Kota Bahru airport is actually nearer to the Kuala Besut jetty so most tourists are encouraged to use the Kota Bahru airport instead of KT and the expansion of the airport might just be another white elephant. They should upgrade the airport instead.Nissan_FUGA said:very true, the same applies to Kuala Terengganu........does that town really needs an airport?