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SENAI AIRPORT TERMINAL

SENAI, JOHOR DARUL TAKZIM

 

It was reported that Senai Airport Terminal (SAT) Services Sdn Bhd had planned to invest some RM70million in the Senai Aero Mall project, which was considered to be Malaysia’s first stand-alone airport mall. The development of the Aero Mall will help Senai International Airport to become a logistics hub in 5 years’ time. The estimated retail space of the Aero Mall comprises some 40,000 sq ft whilst the total built-up area of the mall is approximately 100,000 sq ft. The Aero Mall was planned to be constructed on the existing open-air parking area and would be connected to the present airport terminal building. A new basement parking area would also be constructed to complement the building. The groundbreaking ceremony was carried out on 27th May 2008.

  Sources said SAT wanted to position the Aero Mall as the local area’s new lifestyle hub since shopping and dining at airports were no longer just for air travellers. It will comprise a hotel, a bank, a restaurant and entertainment facilities. The project is scheduled to be completed by December 2009. Currently, there are between 4,000 and 5,000 passengers using the Senai Airport which provides the active catchment for the existing 25 retailers at the airport terminal. Amongst the new mall’s outlets are Secret Recipe, Kyros Kebab, Chocz, SASA Hong Kong International, MPH Bookstore, KFC, Laksa, Shack, Starbucks, Nationwide and FedEx. At the same time, SAT is also launching the Senai Free Zone and Senai Aviation Park and these will create some 20,000 jobs for the locals. The Senai Free Zone is sprawled over an area of  80.94ha whilst the Senai Aviation Park covers 40.46ha. The Senai Free Zone will have a mixture of SME operators, warehouses and logistics companies that will handle cargo via the air cargo section of the airport. The Senai Aviation Park focuses on maintenance and repairs operations of smaller aircraft engines and avionics products like radios and meters.

  SAT said the best example of such similar concept could be seen in Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal Three which had successfully attracted non-air travellers and residents from nearby areas to shop and dine there. SAT further said the Aero Mall’s target customers were the business community, employees in the nearby industrial estates and the population in the Senai-Kulai area.

  On top of that, SAT is also investing some RM300million to upgrade the main facilities at the airport such as increasing the length of the runways, equipping the runways with a new system of signal lights, and runways for bigger aircraft. The upgrading works are expected to take two years. SAT chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Sidik Shaik Osman said the 800ha high-tech park located beside the airport and economic zone will enable the park to become an interesting destination for high-tech sector investments. The park will be equipped with broadband and stable electrical supply without interruption.


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