MB, Dato Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir paid a visit to Sultan Azlan Shah Airport recently accompanied by State Secretary Y.B Dato’ Abdul Puhat bin Mat Nayan and JKR State Director Dato’ Ir. Dr. Safry Kamal Bin Hj. Ahmad.
Airport Manager En Puteh bin Ramli was on hand to greet Zambry and escorted him on the tour of the completed airport.
Work to upgrade Ipoh Airport started in April 2011 and was completed on schedule on November 2012. The upgrading works included lengthening the runway from the previous 1.8Km to 2Km which can now accommodate B737-800 and A320 aircraft operations. Additionally the apron has been widened to accommodate 3 aircraft being on ground simultaneously.
The total cost of the upgrading works amounted to RM37 million.
The upgrade to the terminal building included the construction of a new roof and façade while the arrival and departure halls was enlarged and the facility fully air-conditioned to improve the passengers comfort level.
Zambry’s impression of the Airport was “it is good but as usual could do with some slight improvements”
According to Airport Manager Puteh Ramli the Boeing 737-800 and Airbus 320 have the range for direct flights between south-east-asia and also Hong Kong “though with limitation for passenger and fuel loads”.
Currently Firefly is the only airline providing a regular service with 2 daily flights to Singapore utilizing ATR-72 aircraft.