Let’s fly to duty-free Pangkor Island. (fly??)

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When I was much younger than I am today, I used to go Pulau Pangkor (Pangkor Island) at least once a year. My aunty is still staying there. The usual stuffs we do include a picnic at the beach followed by a seafood lunch in one of the restaurants there. Surely we must have seafood when we are in an island where fishing is a main industry right? We used to drive to Lumut and then take the ferry over. Then an island off Pangkor Island became a famous luxury destination when Pangkor Laut resort by YTL opened in 1985. This was what the late tenor Luciano Pavarotti said of Pangkor Laut, “I almost cried when I saw how beautiful God had made this paradise.”  It’s going to get busier because people could now fly into Pangkor Island soon…

Article in edgeprop.my here. Pangkor Airport will reopen this coming 1st October 2019. This will then be followed by the resort island becoming a duty-free destination by 1st January 2020. Perak State Tourism, Arts and Culture Committee chairman, Tan Kar Hing said an airline company, SKS Airways Sdn Bhd, is expected to begin its flights to the island from Subang Airport. He said, “Besides promoting Pulau Pangkor, we will start operating the flights earlier for the purpose of familiarisation with the operations before implementing the duty-free status for the island.”

Pangkor Airport was opened in 1993, with the airstrip measuring 732-metre long, but its flight operations stopped in February, 2014. Tan also said the airport will undergo some upgrades. He said, “Within the next four months, we will be looking out for any inadequacies including parking space for vehicles in the area. From discussions with the airline company, we note that it will be using the Twin Otter aircraft model which can accommodate 19 passengers and it will operate daily return flights.” Article in edgeprop.my here.

I know, 19 passengers per flight looks like a small number. However, this is an extra avenue because else, the trip via car and ferry from Subang will take nothing less than 4.5 hours. That’s half a day of totally lost even if the driver does not stop for toilet. And there’s no stopping the number of flights to keep increasing based on demand from passengers who now have another duty-free island to explore and buy, buy and buy. As for me, I think it will still be driving there lah. Will pick up my parents from Ipoh too. Another trip is due very soon and especially when the duty-free status starts too. Happy visiting my home state!

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Article written and edited by Charles. News article summarised by Dina Batrisyia.

<Featured Image is courtesy of Stock Photos from Muhd Imran Ismail>

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