MELAKA – The Melaka government is prepared to offer special incentives for airlines to operate commercial flights out of Melaka International Airport (LTAM) in Batu Berendam town following the recent exit of service providers.
State Works, Infrastructure, Public Amenities and Transport Committee chairman Hameed Mytheen Kunju Basheer said that this was to attract more airlines to operate commercial services at LTAM.
“It’s true that two airlines operating commercial flights in and out of LTAM have ceased operations there… The airlines cited lack of passengers and high operating costs as reasons for discontinuing their services,” he said on Friday.
According to Datuk Hameed Mytheen, he has met representatives of six airlines in a bid to bring domestic and international flights to LTAM, but has yet to receive any positive responses.
Efforts to attract the airlines to LTAM are ongoing, he added.
He also said the state will hold a global air show at LTAM on Sept 29.
Aviation industry players from Australia, Russia, Thailand and Singapore, as well as local government agencies, will participate, he said.
The three-day event will last until Oct 1.
Mr Hameed Mytheen was responding to The Star’s report on Tuesday, which said that there are no longer commercial flights to or from LTAM.
The Star visited the airport on Sept 5 and found that check-in desks, other counters and a baggage carousel had been empty and unmanned since August, and that flights, including those to Pekanbaru in Indonesia and to Penang in Malaysia, were no longer available. THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
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