Sultan Azlan Shah Airport is a public airport located in Perak, Malaysia. It is operated by Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad and is owned by the Government of Malaysia. The airport was initially a small airfield but was expanded to accommodate jets. The airport was refurbished in time for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II in Kuala Kangsar in 1989. It was upgraded in 2011 and was completed a year after. This included the extension of the runway by adding 200 metres to accommodate two aircraft: the B737 and A320. The old terminal was also replaced with a new one that has a wider departure and arrival halls, complete with air-conditioning for the passengers. Sultan Azlan Shah Airport has an annual passenger count of 99,000.
What to see & do
Ipoh is the fourth largest city in Malaysia. There are many beautiful sites in this city. It includes the Birch Memorial Clocktower, which is in honour of the first British Resident Minister of Perak who was killed by a local chief. Another is the Ipoh Town Hall, which is situated near the railway station, features buildings in neoclassical style.
Those who are looking for museums and art exhibits can visit the Muzium Darul Ridzuan. It also features a mansion on Jalan Kuala Kangsar. Tourists who want to have a scenic view of the pre-World War II buildings can visit the Kong Heng Square and the Ipoh Heritage Trail. There are also hotels, cafes, stalls, barbershops, and antique stores in this place. Ipoh's Old Town is perfect for artists and those who want to take pictures of the murals painted by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic. There are also temples in Ipoh like the Mariamman Kovil. This temple is not just a place of worship but also a learning space for children who want to learn Tamil language. Tourists can also find Kellie's Castle in Ipoh. This castle is owned by a Scottish planter, located in Batu Gajah. Many people say the castle is haunted and there are secret chambers inside it. For nature lovers, Kek Lok Tong is the place to be. It is a Chinese cave temple with picturesque views including a limestone hill.
How to get around within Ipoh
In exploring the city of Ipoh, passengers can take buses at the Ipoh Bus Terminal and Jalan Raja Bendahara, which can be found in the old town. The buses offer services to the Cameron Highlands in Taiping. Those who want to visit the temple should look out for local bus 94. These buses have trips going to the Sam Poh Tong Cave Temples. Tourists can also take taxis but the prices are under negotiation. Bicycles are considered as another mode of transport in Ipoh. However, nothing beats walking exercise. Walking around the old streets of Ipoh is a must!
How to get there
A total of four airlines operate in this airport. These are Firefly, Malindo Air, Sriwijaya Air, and Tigerair. The destinations offered to the public are Johor Bahru, Medan, and Singapore. In 2003, the airport handled more than 110,000 passengers. This is the biggest turnout of passengers so far. The airport also has a 2,000-metre-long runway made of asphalt.
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