PETALING JAYA: Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATSSB) has entered into a contract with Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) subsidiary Sanzbury Stead Sdn Bhd to manage the operations and maintenance services of Kertih Airport for three years, effective Jan 1, 2019.
SATSSB, the operator of the Johor-based Senai International Airport, is a member of MMC Group, while Kertih Airport is the main air base for oil and gas operations in Terengganu, caters primarily to helicopter flights to offshore oil platforms at the state’s coast.
Kertih Airport is also connected by scheduled commercial flights operated by Malindo Air to Subang, to serve the demand from Petronas’ petrochemicals production and crude oil refinery in Paka, Terengganu.
Under the strategic partnership, SATSSB said it is providing professional management services and undertaking the role of airport operator of Kertih Airport, whilst Sanzbury Stead maintains its position as the asset owner.
On its part, SATSSB said it will strategise and drive the airport operations to ensure safe, efficient and uninterrupted services in accordance with regulatory requirements enforced by Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia, Malaysian Aviation Commission and other related government agencies.
With its extensive experience in managing one of the fastest growing airports in Malaysia, SATSSB pledges operational excellence in operating Kertih Airport through an efficient and effective asset maintenance programme, that aims at optimising the cost of operations.
SATSSB added that the contract will also cover areas on aerodrome certifications, airport health, safety, security and environment and emergency response operations.
MMC Corp Bhd managing director Datuk Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, who is also the chairman of SATSSB, said he is confident that with its experience and capability, the group can offer value by maintaining the operations in an efficient and safe manner according to the aviation regulatory standard and customers’ requirement.
He also noted that Senai International Airport is the only privately managed commercial airport in Malaysia with expertise in airport management and operations for over 15 years.
Senai International Airport is currently connected to 18 destinations, including 11 domestic and seven international links.