SETIU - The Terengganu state government will not build a new runway on Pulau Redang, but will instead maintain the existing one, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman.
He said the decision was made after taking into account the risk factors and views from relevant quarters, especially in relation to cost and tourism impact.
However, he said, the state government would build several outlets at the Pulau Redang Airport for local entrepreneurs to sell souvenirs and other essential items.
"We (the state government) have decided to maintain the existing airport and also agreed that it is only for the use of ATR-72 aircraft. We just need to add more facilities by increasing the number of outlets," he added.
He told this to Bernama after a briefing by the State Tourism Department on the airport's potential.
The Pulau Redang Airport has a runway which is 1,050-metre long and 30-metre wide.
Prior to this, tourists flew in to the island via Berjaya Air which began operating flights from Subang in 2000, followed by Seletar, Singapore, a year later, and then from Changi, Singapore, in 2010.
However, the airline ceased its flight to the island since last year due to the