Direct Ipoh-Singapore Cargo Flight

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An all cargo airline servicing direct flights from Ipoh to Singapore sector, which aimed at ultimately making Perak connected to regional hubs within a radius of two-hour flight time in South-East Asia, will be launched at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport on June 16. Asialink Cargo Express (ACE), an Indonesia-Singapore joint venture cargo airline started operations in November, last year, and operates its hub from Batam, will be the operator. Currently it has a regular routing between Singapore and Indonesia.

Dato Hamidah (left) & Perak MITI Director, Mohd Hafizz (extreme right)

This was announced by Perak Exco Chairman for Industry, Investment, Industrial Development and Tourism, Datuk Hamidah Osman.

Describing the service as “good news” Hamidah stated that the Ministry of Transport has given its approval for the airline to start the service. Initially the freight carried loose and time sensitive cargo. However after a few months the company plans to set up a temporary cold storage to store perishable cargo.

This cold storage facility is particularly beneficial for the farm traders from Cameron Highlands and also the produce from FAMA’s National Food Terminal located at Simpang Pulai which will then be able to be delivered directly to Singapore through Ipoh Airport.

Besides the agriculture industry the aquaculture and ornamental fish industries will find this service beneficial, added Hamidah and she hoped these industries would make use of this new service.

Director of MITI Perak Regional Office Encik Mohd Hafizzuddin Md Damiri, in a separate interview, said “ultimately the goal is to ensure that Perak is well connected to air, sea and land links offering total logistic solutions for its industries”.

He added that Singapore was the first such air link and MITI and the State Government will further explore other links to major regional and international hubs at Jakarta, Bangkok and Manila.

He stated that MITI Perak, in assistance with MIDA Perak and FMM Perak, had approached several industries in Perak and found that the electrical and electronics sector whose “products were time sensitive and of high-value” had urgent need for this service. Should there be a demand for this service ACE had indicated that they would have the capacity to increase the frequency of flights to Ipoh.

“The selection of ACE was at the recommendation of the Airfreight Forwarders Association of Malaysia (AFAM) and was in line with the Malaysia Inc. concept of the Government working with the private sector to ensure efficient and reliable services for industries in general.”

Meantime ACE Country Manager for Malaysia, Mr Benjamin Abdullah said that the flight schedule to fly into Ipoh’s Sultan Azlan Shah Airport effective 16 June is 2 times per week on days Wednesday and Friday. ACE uses Fokker F27-500 aircraft and has a payload of six tons.

JAG

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  2. Steven, it’s not about getting cargo into KLIA. I believe there is such ruling that prohibits any other than MASKargo/MAS/Transmile/local carriers to carry goods/passengers if “MASKargo/MAS/Transmile/local carriers are not able/not interested to do it”.

    I believe the same situation goes for Penang at their Kompleks Kargo Kedua, where UPS, DHL and FedEx are “prohibited to uplift cargos from Malaysia”. This does not happen in any other country in the world (except Malaysia).

    I hope Ministry of Transport can look into this matter and allow “equal” competition (or better, if there are no local carriers able to do it/interested in doing it) because most of the economies in the world compete equally and fairly (fair trade practices).

    Anyway, I laud the efforts made by MITI, MIDA and FMM. I hope more of these good, business-minded/friendly approach be introduced by them to increase Perak’s competitiveness in the Malaysian economy.

    Thank you.

  3. I hope more cargo planes can come to Perak. Easy for me to export my goods in time.

    In the meantime, congratulations to those who made an effort to initiate this move. After this, I think more exporters can utilize the cargo potential at the airport.

    How do I get more details on this cargo flight? At least I can tell my headquarters to have more capacity for Perak (and at least more budget to me).

    Thank you.

  4. I didn’t want to be too direct and point out that perhaps air cargo from Ipoh should be directed to KLIA for export instead of going to Singapore.

    There is no choice for ornamental fishes because the world largest ornamental fishes exporter is from Singapore and it is buying almost all of Perak’s production of ornamental fishes.

    Electronics and agricultural produce need not go through Singapore’s airport. Transporting vegetables to Singapore by air makes them more expensive and transport by lorries is more than sufficient.

    In any case, jet air freighters other than B737 will not come to Ipoh because the runway is too short to take off at maximum laden weight. So the existing airport can never become a hub for anything.

  5. I believe that the Ministry of Transport only allows KLIA to be the national hub, and therefore the rest of the states in Malaysia does not have any benefit at all. By having such services in Ipoh, the exporters will be the ones benefiting all the efforts the Government is providing. Given such, better be a spoke than a hub, since to be a hub, you have to be gazetted as an “international” airport, that can cater at least an Airbus A330 series aircraft. Nonetheless, this effort is sufficient enough for Perak to “recover” and “re-boost” its economy, as of the past glory days during the rubber and tin mining era. I hope after this, not only one air freight company, but more air freighters will come and make Ipoh their regional spoke of operations. With this too, I have a feeling that passenger airlines will be most likely to begin to think to operate in Ipoh in the near future. As a foreigner, I’d rather take a spoke flight to either Bangkok or Singapore, and further travel back to my country, rather than traveling to KLIA for at least 2+ hours and further wait few more hours for my flight back to my country.

  6. In the end, Singapore benefits most from this project. Instead of exporting from Malaysia and creating international export trade, goods are sent to Singapore for export. This causes Malaysia to lose out overall because electronic parts and goods are not exported via Penang or KL but routed through Singapore. Instead of making Malaysia a hub, Ipoh airport is making Malaysia a spoke.

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