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Tuesday, 27-Jul-2004 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
The all new Kota Bharu Airport, Kelantan ....

..leaving on a jet plane.. in.. out..
..the main entrance..
.."dark" MAS vs "bright" Air Asia.. premonition eh?
.. KFC on second floor..
..a gift shop at the corner dealing ethnic stuff..
..another gift shop & a book/snack store...
..ticket/check in counter..
..waiting for the flight..
..the arrival area at the very end..
..but don't get my words wrong ! When I say "all new", I don't mean that Kota Bharu just got an airport.. Actually the airport was already there since World War 2, and it played a part in the war !!.. When the Japanese Imperial Army first started their Malayan Campaign, groups of Japanese soldiers from the Takumi detachment landed on the beach of Pantai Sabak and Pantai Pak Amat (both are only 3km from the airport) at midnight, on December 8th 1941 (one hour before the historical Pearl Harbour attack), they headed for an air-field at Pengkalan Chepa to take over from the British.. The battle was harsh, and the British pillboxes (the bunker-like thing) which surrounded the area failed to stop the invasion and the British retreated south. They managed to gain control of the air-field (and finally, Singapore !) and made the local ppl to upgrade the place which years later turned into a public domestic airport for the state of Kelantan.. So, there goes some history lesson..btw, if you are happen to be in a plane, about to take off from KL from Kota Bharu, please look at the side of the runaway, and you are lucky if you can spot one of those pillboxes used during the Pantai Sabak invasion. Even old ammunitions are still found on the beaches, some already ended at the WW2 War Museum in Kota Bharu.. Before Kota Bharu got this new airport, the old one was small, fair enough to handle very limited daily flights.. But as numbers of visitors/locals using the flight-service (instead of the winding,mountainous roads from KL) builds up, the Malaysian Airport Berhad decided to upgrade Kota Bharu Airport or formally known as Sultan Ismail Petra Airport into a modern airport with contemporary taste ie able to handle large growing numbers of travellers.. Currently, Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Kota Bharu is the latest, modern airport in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, handling about 14 ~ 16 flights daily from KB - KL and KL - KB...

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