Saturday, June 12, 2010

New airport for Lahad Datu

The Transport Ministry proposes to build a new airport in Lahad Datu under the 10th Malaysia Plan following the rapid economic growth in the district.

Deputy Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said the existing airport near Lahad Datu town did not meet the standard of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

"A new airport is sorely needed in view that the population there has breached 380,000. Lahad Datu is also a region facing rapid economic growth with vibrant plantation and tourism activities.

"We hope that this project (airport) will be given priority by the Economic Planning Unit in listing the Transport Ministry's major projects in Sabah," he told reporters after visiting the runway extension project of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) here Friday.

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