Langkawi Skycab Overwhelming Demands, Despite Tourist Incident



LANGKAWI, Feb 19 – The incident of stranded tourists after the Langkawi SkyCab cable car system broke down yesterday had not affected the crowd turnout for the ride today.

When the cable car resumed service at noon today, the number of tourists queuing up at the counter to get their tickets for the ride had exceeded 3,000, said Panorama Langkawi Sdn Bhd director, Datuk Azizan Noordin.

“The situation is like in any other day. By the time we resumed the operation, a lot of passengers were already queuing up to get their tickets and this figure does not include those who had booked their ride earlier,” he told reporters here.

There were also no cancellations received from tourists for the cable car ride, which is operated by Panorama Langkawi, which is a subsidiary of Langkawi Development Authority (LADA). He said the figure recorded so far today remained within the average daily figures of between 3,000 to 5,000 passengers.

Azizan said yesterday’s incident when a faulty bearing caused the system to break down at 5.48 pm and could only be restored nearly six hours later was being analysed thoroughly by Panorama Langkawi technical team before they gave the go ahead for the operation today.

He said the system designer, Dopplemayer of Austria had been informed of the incident yesterday and had constantly provided their advice to the local technical team here who had done an excellent job to restore the system.

“Coincidentally, a team of experts from Dopplemayer would be coming to Langkawi in April this year,” he said, adding that the cable car operation would be stopped for up to 15 days every year as an overall maintenance work period.

The Langkawi SkyCab, which spanned for about 5.9 km is the longest cable car system in the world and about 1.7km of it rose at a 45 degree angle to become the world’s steepest with the highest point surpassing 700m.

“It had been the number one tourist attraction in Langkawi ever since it started 15 years ago and for last year alone, the number of passengers had been recorded at 1.5 million,” he added. — Bernama

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