Najib: Runway extension for Sandakan airport to boost tourism industry

AVILA GERALDINE


SANDAKAN: The runway at Sandakan airport will be extended to allow for larger aircrafts to land, thus bringing more tourists into the district.

In announcing this, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said value management was being carried out to determine the contract price.

“I have asked the Transport Minister (Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai) to speed this up and I will launch the runway extension in my next visit to Sandakan.

“This (extension) will accommodate bigger aircrafts like the Airbus 330, so direct and chartered flights especially from China can land in Sandakan,” he told reporters this after his walkabout at the Harbour City, here.

Najib said the new development would bring positive economic impact to the district and further boost the state’s tourism industry.

Last year, Sabah recorded 3.43 million tourist arrivals and RM7.25 billion tourism receipts.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and his wife Datin Seri Fardidah Tussin, Deputy Chief Minister cum State Industrial Development Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah, and State Special Tasks Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang were among those present at the walkabout.