Does Penang need a new airport?

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Our guest writer today is Roger Teoh, who is doing his PhD in transport studies in Imperial College in London:

The proposal to construct a new northern region airport, as quoted by the Penang chief minister might not be necessary. The Penang International Airport in its present state is already serving as a northern corridor international airport.

For the current upgrading works for the Penang Airport: Building a new terminal and increasing airside equipment is sufficient to solve current capacity shortages. This will allow the airport to handle more passengers at a much lower cost without the need to construct new airports and runways around the region.

Rationale on why building a new terminal can be justified in the Penang Airport, but not additional runways and new airports: Taking London Gatwick Airport for an example (a single runway airport), the aircraft movements (total number of flights taking-off and landing) at London Gatwick Airport were 282,000 flights in 2017, versus 70,609 flights for Penang International Airport.

In other words, this comparison shows that existing infrastructure can be used more efficiently, where the number of aircraft movements in the existing runway of Penang Airport can handle at least four times more aircraft movement with further optimisation. This optimisation to boost runway capacity in the current airport can be easily achieved, given that the airspace above Penang is not congested relative to the London airspace, which is one of the busiest in the world.

As for the Penang chief minister’s statement that if “the existing airport would be upgraded, it would only cater to demand for another 20 to 30 years. Hence, a newer airport was needed to meet the needs of the island.”

Well, that depends what assumptions were made in extrapolating the growth rate of the population, GDP, and air travel demands in Penang. Given that the Penang state government has a good track record of ludicrously overestimating the population and demand in existing infrastructure, it suggests that full capacity in the Penang Airport might not be reached so soon as projected by the Penang chief minister.

In fact, the further we extrapolate in time, the larger the uncertainties in our forecasts. It is not necessary to try to solve a problem today when it could only emerge in 30 years.

Moreover, using existing infrastructure more efficiently significantly cuts down the potential negative environmental and social consequences.

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Norman
Norman
20 Nov 2018 9.03am
tunglang
tunglang
20 Nov 2018 7.06pm
Reply to  Norman

In the first instance, why was that racist provocateur ‘trespassing’ the non-halal section? And challenging the obvious liquor sales is anything but asking for rebukes!

Wei
Wei
20 Nov 2018 8.51pm
Reply to  Norman

those intend to apply for MM2H , better think twice, thrice, forisce….harassment of this kind is not uncommon in the bumi land…hehe

Norman
Norman
21 Nov 2018 7.25am
Reply to  Wei

Not to worry if you mm2h in Forest City, built specially for foreigners, as there is no places of worship in its masterplan.

Shriek
Shriek
21 Nov 2018 10.09am
Reply to  Norman

Dont play2 with senior. He still can shot very like Bone licensed to terminate.

Call Me Handsome
Call Me Handsome
22 Nov 2018 12.48pm
Reply to  Norman

Beer promoters used to be in cinema. Remember the blonde calsberg lady? Ah Pek can remember that but young dota boys can hehe no chance to see in cinema only in youtube.

tunglang
tunglang
24 Nov 2018 12.14am

hehe…hic! hehe…hic!! hehe…hic!!!

Norman
Norman
24 Nov 2018 11.59am
H'ng Khoon Leng
20 Nov 2018 4.54pm

No new airport, no new kang tau

Dalbinder Singh
20 Nov 2018 5.45pm

Cleaner, Greener, Healthier kang tau

Call Me Handsome
Call Me Handsome
22 Nov 2018 12.46pm

Chow and Mukritz to work out if PH to expand Bayan Lepas runways or new airport at Kulim?

Norman
Norman
19 Nov 2018 5.03pm

Penang need an airport that is not flooded by thunderstorm.

PenangHokkienKnia
PenangHokkienKnia
20 Nov 2018 10.01pm

Looks like CM is pushing and rushing into mega projects everywhere in the island but not the mainland, is it wise? Why? … Comparing Penang with Hong Kong, Taiwan and all those concrete jungle city is irrelevant to Penangites. … Don’t be arrogant, humiliating the NGOs in Penang is akin to (political) death wish in political career. We will be patience enough to wait for GE15… Be warned. Click to Edit –  <p>Looks like CM is pushing and rushing into mega projects everywhere in the island but not the mainland, is it wise? Why? … Comparing Penang with Hong Kong, Taiwan… Read more »

Wei
Wei
21 Nov 2018 10.38am

penang sentral initial phase completed recently, new city in batu kawan coming out nicely, mainland side of PTMP with light rail,monorail and BRT, planned reclamation of butterworth coast….so are all projects concentrated in Island ?

Norman
Norman
20 Nov 2018 7.48pm

GEORGE TOWN, Nov 20 — The Penang government has been recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the South-east Asian Tobacco Control Alliances for its initiatives to curb smoking in public.

State health committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin received the award during the sixth Regional Meeting of Smoke-Free Cities in the Asia Pacific Region in Hoi An, Vietnam today.

Wei
Wei
20 Nov 2018 9.11pm
Reply to  Norman

yes, cleaner and greener initiatives that psychopathic hater refuse to see…

tunglang
tunglang
20 Nov 2018 7.02pm

As usual, it is either a developer’s chicken or a developer’s egg dilemma with no clear, sensible options to creatively solve a problem. As usual, it is build, build & build more.
In the end, it’s Ah Kong’s monies down the drains of Pg Intl. Airport. Then the CAT blame game starts all over again but to blame who after 905?

Cheong Kian Kok
19 Nov 2018 7.50pm

Not needed in Island, better build at mainland

Wei
Wei
20 Nov 2018 12.31pm

nah, i don’t think i need an London imperial college transport ‘expert’ to tell me that it is not a good idea to have two airports (penang and the proposed kulim) so close to each other with overlapping function and services. ..

Call Me Handsome
Call Me Handsome
22 Nov 2018 9.10am
Reply to  Wei

Move Bayan Lepas airport to mainland and use its land for IR4.0 AI facilities to provide jobs for millenials.

Norman
Norman
29 Nov 2018 11.45am

With more Malaysians shopping online, Mah Sing will be offering residential properties for sale on Lazada‘s e-commerce platform. The collaboration is the first in Southeast Asia and you can buy a house during the upcoming 12.12 sale.

Mah Sing is also offering an exclusive 5% incentive for Lazada buyers that’s worth between RM20,000 to RM30,000. The Mah Sing projects listed online include M Vertica, Cheras; M Centura, Sentul; Sensa Residence@Southville City, KL South; M Aruna, Rawang; M Vista, Penang; and Meridin East, Johor.

Norman
Norman
25 Nov 2018 9.10pm

Read about Singapore public’s feedback on the country transport master plan, which will shape the future of land transport to 2040:

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/public-transport-lta-feedback-future-land-transport-masterplan-10966700

Call Me Handsome
Call Me Handsome
22 Nov 2018 12.45pm

Penang Sentral in mainland official opening today. Anil got coverage or not? The sentral may foster closer relationships of penanglang on both sides of straits. Now ferry buses ktm link up better can spur development. May be UTC and a library can be set uo there. What say u?

Wei
Wei
22 Nov 2018 6.33pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

the “cart” is ten years late…hehe…where is the horse you may ask…hehe..they are still fighting over whether it should be a real horse or a donkey as proposed by the amazing penang forum transport ‘master’…

Norman
Norman
24 Nov 2018 11.52am

Penang Sentral was mooted by Pak Lah, if I am not wrong. He initiated 1st class infrastructure, but forgot to step out from 3rd class mentality?

Every state must have a ‘State Sentral’ first to drive the transportation plan?

Tan Wee Theng
Tan Wee Theng
21 Nov 2018 1.28am

The current runway at Penang Airport is too short to cater for bigger planes. I heard it is not possible to extend its length, any extension will run into the sea. We all notice the pilots slamming hard on the brakes the moment the plane touches down at Penang Airport, all because of the short runway..

Shriek
Shriek
21 Nov 2018 10.13am
Reply to  Tan Wee Theng

Shriek louder than me. Wet can hydroplane and skid. Ah pek very quiet on this. But anything happen, told you so

Call Me Handsome
Call Me Handsome
22 Nov 2018 9.08am
Reply to  Tan Wee Theng

Any exyension of aeroplanes runaways subject to MahSing high tower residents approval? Too close to residential can be awfully frightening if plane radar malfunction.

Shriek
Shriek
24 Nov 2018 7.26am

Cart b4 donkey? Airport control by bldg?

bigjoe
bigjoe
20 Nov 2018 8.10pm

A large airport takes up to ten years to build and typically ten years before that, planning need to start. Studies are often done 30-40 years in advance so that areas considered are not interfered by other plans and development.

Shriek
Shriek
21 Nov 2018 10.18am
Reply to  bigjoe

State gomen should contra the onshore airport for offshore airport. Then everyone silent. Everyone happy. Reduced overflight noise. Monkeys all come back to nearby pulau and can nest in peace.

Shriek
Shriek
19 Nov 2018 6.57pm

An offshore island for airport is more appropriate. Why allow 1/5 of peng land island to be used as airport. Look the p jerejak is almost under the flight path. No wonder what animals want to live in the island and subject to jet sound? Better leave the island than to be crazy by noise.

Zuwairi Md Yusof
19 Nov 2018 5.14pm

make new one in the mainland then closed that always flood forever.airport on island part no practical anymore too crowded

Norman
Norman
21 Nov 2018 11.58am

Unlikely to see airport in Kulim, but vegetable/fruit farms that YB Sim will be proud of.

Tedy Teow of MBI International Group has planned to grow vegetables and fruits in Kulim, Kedah, turning it into another Cameron Highlands which is famous for its vegetable farms.

https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/05/26/pursuing-a-fruitful-venture-group-intends-to-convert-undeveloped-plots-of-land-in-kulim-for-agricult/#dP0zpoBBqGOo8ZZ8.99

Call Me Handsome
Call Me Handsome
22 Nov 2018 9.12am
Reply to  Norman

YB Sim provides free 2 day 1 night trip to MAHA expo for BB residents. Also can visit Putrajaya. Come back can start growing vegetables in your condos. No need library.

Phang
Phang
22 Nov 2018 12.28pm
Reply to  Norman

Teddy also want to build a theme park based on Hong Kong comic heroes in Kulim.

Wei
Wei
22 Nov 2018 10.41pm
Reply to  Phang

make sure the theme park is halal though….hehe

John Tan
20 Nov 2018 12.46pm

The worst thing to do. Our clients/cusyomers(the touristas) would be forced to wake up 5 hours b4 checkin tome just to get to airport. Who wants to holiday in Penang then. Penang will die.

Shriek
Shriek
21 Nov 2018 10.21am
Reply to  John Tan

They only want to keep to themselves. Like tun lang said it is tourist outsider ‘s problem

Wei
Wei
19 Nov 2018 9.54pm

i can’t believe that a transport ‘ expert’ can be so amateurish in his argument …..maybe we should wait for him to graduate first before listening to his advise…hehe

PenangLang
PenangLang
20 Nov 2018 1.01pm
Reply to  Wei

DAP “Yes” man, how do you want Penang to develop into? More concrete that only your gang can afford? Kind of shock that our CM can think so far, yet no emphasis on digital libraries.

Wei
Wei
20 Nov 2018 6.17pm
Reply to  PenangLang

so anyone that you disagree with automatically become DAP yes man? hehe….you have a rather primitive brain up there…

PenangFirst
PenangFirst
21 Nov 2018 2.37pm
Reply to  Wei

Nah..you’re not a yes man, just a … hack hehehe…

Shriek
Shriek
24 Nov 2018 5.36pm
Reply to  PenangFirst

If there is yes men, there is orso no men

PenangLang
PenangLang
20 Nov 2018 1.02pm
Reply to  Wei

Will write a letter to CM to propose an airport beside your house.

Wei
Wei
20 Nov 2018 9.21pm
Reply to  PenangLang

aiya, write to CM to propose to scrap the airport to make penang forum gang happy lar…

tunglang
tunglang
21 Nov 2018 9.34am
Reply to  Wei

Why not? Any problem like that beer provocateur?

Phang
Phang
22 Nov 2018 12.28pm
Reply to  tunglang

He lost his job.

Shriek
Shriek
21 Nov 2018 10.22am
Reply to  PenangLang

Please do.