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Kulim Airport

New Airport
Completion: in 8 months (31-Dec-2019)
IATA: n/a
ICAO: n/a
City: Kulim
Country/Territory: Malaysia

About

Kulim Airport is a proposed airport construction project for the Malaysian city of Kulim, located in Kedah State and bordering Penang State. The Kedah State Government submitted a proposal to develop Kulim International Airport to the country's Prime Minister for consideration. The state government intends to build the new airport due to growing capacity restraints at Kulim's nearest international airport, Penang. Kedah State has two current airports, Alor Setar and Langkawi International Airport. The state government has allocated 600ha of land for the new project.


Mar-2019. Malaysia's Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali stated the federal government approved MYR1.6 billion (USD392 million) to construct Kulim Airport in Kedah.

Feb-2019. Malaysia's Kedah State Chief Minister Mukhriz Mahathir said the state has received Federal Government approval to establish a company called KXP AirportCity Holdings to coordinate and manage the development of Kulim Airport (LTAK).

Aug-2018. Kedah's Government plans to request Malaysia's Government to review plans for the proposed Kulim International Airport project first proposed under the previous state government. 

Apr-2016. Kedah state government completed the final report for Kulim International Airport, due for submission to the federal government in 3Q2016. Two investors, KPMG and Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA), have submitted their proposals to be included in the report. The MYR1.6 billion (USD405 million) project aims to ease both passenger and cargo traffic at Penang International Airport, which is fast approaching maximum capacity.

Apr-2015. Bina Darulaman Berhad MD Idzham Yusoff stated the group is "interested" in the proposed Kulim International Airport project, noting: "Anything in Kedah is within our purview". Mr Yusoff advised the project is "still at a preliminary stage" and will be subject to Federal approval.

Mar-2015. Kedah State Chief Minister Mukhriz Mahathir said Kulim Airport will initially operate as a cargo facility to meet local demand for freight services.

Jan-2015. The Kedah State Government is "not totally dependent" on Federal funding to develop the MYR1.6 billion (USD443 million) Kulim International Airport, according to State Chief Minister Mukhriz Mahathir. Mr Mahathir confirmed the state government is currently evaluating "other approaches to finance the project".

Dec-2014. Kedah State Government plans to construct an "aerocity" at the proposed Kulim Airport, according to State Chief Minister Mukhriz Mahathir. Mr Mahathir advised the industrial and business area, located on the 600ha airport precinct, will "accommodate all industries related to air transportation".

Aug-2014. The Ministry of Transport announced it will conduct an independent feasibility study on Kedah State Government's proposed international airport project in Kulim. Malaysia's State Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir stated the Northern Corridor Implementation Agency (NCIA), on behalf of the Kedah state government, will also undertake a similar assessment on the proposed MYR1.6 billion (USD500 million) airport after receiving approval from the country's Economic Planning Unit. The state government has not received any feedback from the Federal Government regarding the project to date.

Jun-2014. Newly appointed Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai stated the country's Ministry of Transport (MoT) will consider the Kulim State Government's proposed new Kulim Airport project. 

Malaysia's State Chief Minister revealed construction of the proposed airport is estimated to cost MYR1.6 billion (USD500 million). The estimated amount covers land acquisition, infrastructural developments and the construction of two runways.

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