‘Possible to turn KIA into a garden airport’

MORE GREENERY: Nansian (centre) watering a tree sapling symbolically to mark the launch of the programme at the airport, accompanied by Sunif (left) and Faizal (right).

MORE GREENERY: Nansian (centre) watering a tree sapling symbolically to mark the launch of the programme at the airport, accompanied by Sunif (left) and Faizal (right).

KUCHING: Kuching International Airport (KIA) could be turned into a garden airport or an airport with beautiful greenery and landscape, similar to Singapore’s Changi International Airport.

In saying this, Assistant Minister of Community Services Datuk Peter Nansian added that was possible with cooperation and efforts from all quarters.

“When you talk about airports, people would usually think of concrete buildings and runways and the busy and congested environment within the terminals. Most people don’t associate airports with beautiful greenery and landscape,” he said at the launch of the Green Day – Trees For Tomorrow Programme at KIA arrival hall yesterday.

“However, when Malaysia Airports Berhad (MAB) and Malaysian Environmental Partnership (MyEP) decided to embark on this Green Day – Trees For Tomorrow Programme, we can say that KIA is not only associated with the development of infrastructure and economy but also its green environment,” he said.

“It could be like Changi, where trees are not only planted outside the building but also within the terminal to create the garden airport feel,” he added.

Under the programme, 30 trees will be planted at the airport parking area.

Meanwhile, MAB senior manager Sunif Naiman said it was because of the importance of preserving the environment through planting more trees that they came up with the community programme with MyEP.

“We took the step to organise this programme to make the airport sustainable and environmentally friendly so that we can have a garden airport in the state,” he said.

MyEP founder Faizal Aminuddin was also present.

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