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Monday, 8 May 2017

(The Edge) RM80m allocated for Sandakan airport runway extension

SANDAKAN: The government has allocated RM80 million for the Sandakan airport runway extension project which will get underway by the middle of this year, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The prime minister said the decision to extend the airport’s runway was made outside of the scheduled development under the 11th Malaysia Plan.

He said it was made based on his meeting with tourism industry players in this district during his walkabout in Harbour Square, Sandakan, on March 3.

“They asked for the runway to be extended to enable bigger aircraft to land, particularly for direct flights from China, South Korea, Japan and major cities.

“I immediately contacted the transport minister (Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai) and approved this project, and am launching it during my visit to Sandakan again today (yesterday),” he said when launching the project at the Sandakan airport.

The upgrading work involves extending the runway from 2,134m to 2,500m.

Najib said the contractor who upgraded the Sandakan airport terminal will undertake the project to extend the runway.

The prime minister described the project as important to the efforts to boost the tourism sector in the district, thus uplifting the people’s economy.

He said the presence of more tourists would increase the number of people staying in hotels in this district and nearby areas as well as promote ecotourism. — Bernama