KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 – The government has plans to expand the Ismail Petra Airport (LTSIP) in Kota Baharu to accomodate the increasing number of passengers. Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the project, involving an estimated cost of RM172 million, was among the applications under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP).
“As one of the busiest airports in the country, the ministry announced a project under the 11MP to enlarge this airport to accomodate passengers who are expected to reach 2.5 million annually,” he said when replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub (BN-Machang) during the question-and-answer session at the Dewan Rakyat here Tuesday.
He said the project comprised a proposal to expand the airport terminal, which was currently handling 1.5 million passengers annually. Replying to Ahmad Jazlan’s original question, the deputy minister said up to now, the government did not have any plan to make LTSIP an international airport. However, he said the airport had the capacity to accomodate international flights’ needs if there were requests from airlines companies. At present there was no need to lengthen the LTSIP runway for its current operation, he said.