KKIA to operate round-the-clock by May 1
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the round-the-clock opening of the airport would allow more flights to land and take off, even during odd hours.
Since 2006, the airport has to close for six hours daily (from midnight) to enable the upgrading works to be carried out.
“Opening of the runway is important, and it would make many people happy such as the airlines, the state government and the tour operators.
“I received assurance from the contractors that they would work hard to meet the deadline,” Kong said after inspecting the progress of work at the airport yesterday.
Work on the taxiway, he said, would be completed by end of next month.
“But there are still other works to be done, including the extension of the runway by 792 metres to 3,780 metres.”
He also said the runway had to be raised to comply with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
“Apart from this, some aircraft approach lights need to be installed in the sea beyond the southern part of the runway.
When fully completed, the 3,780-metre runway would allow a fully laden Boeing 747 to land and take off.
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