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Sultan Azlan Shah Airport is an airport that serves Ipoh, a city in the state of Perak, Malaysia. It is located 6 km away from the city center. Sultan Azlan Shah Airport also is the 7th busiest airport in Malaysia.
Originally a small Fokker airfield, it steadily expanded to accommodate jet operations. The then new airport terminal was readied in time for Queen Elizabeth II's visit to the Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar in 1989. The airport then was bustling with passengers when Malaysia Airlines was operating from Subang. When the North to South Expressway opened, many people started using cars and Malaysia Airlines followed by Air Asia stopped their services, turning the airport into a white elephant. Since the introduction of the electric trains which go right into the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh Airport had to seriously reconsider its strategy.
The runway was extended to 2,000 meters yet declared unsafe on December 2013 as there were potholes, so only propeller planes could land On 10 July, the sinkhole problem was fixed, and Sultan Azlan Shah Airport can now handle larger aircraft and has a longer runway.
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