Melaka has made comeback after comeback upon overcoming the after-effects of the pandemic, most notably with the reopening of iconic tourist locations such as Jonker Street.
A lesser known comeback comes in the form of a functioning airport that was initially closed due to lack of response from local and foreign tourists.
The existence of the airport itself came as a shock to several Malaysians, following a tweet by local food vlogger, Ceddy expressing how having to travel 4.5 hours from KL to Melaka was cumbersome. He then published another tweet with a picture of the airport, in response to a curious netizen.
Ada!! I Googled semalam sebab frustrated nak mampos! It’s called Malacca International Airport @ Batu Berendam.
— Ceddy (@CeddyOrNot) September 4, 2022
According to Datuk Muhammad Jailani Khamis, chairman of the Melaka Tourism, Heritage, and Culture Committee, flights by Batik Air from Melaka International Airport in Batu Berendam to two destinations, Melaka-Pekanbaru-Melaka and Melaka-Penang-Melaka, are set to resume on September 12.
Datuk Muhammad Jailani stated that the trips will recommence with a preliminary regularity of two flights a week based on customer demands, adding that special lease flights from Melaka to Surabaya and Jakarta, Indonesia, via the Melaka International Airport would begin soon.
Separately, Muhammad Jailani asserted that the Melaka state government was prepared to secure funds to aid in the formation of a cultural unit or region in the Kampung Morten traditional Malay village here to encourage cultural events.
“Kampung Morten is well-known and closely aligned with the state’s tourism sector, and the state legislature is constantly concerned with the village’s advancement and needs.
“This is to guarantee that Kampung Morten stays viable as a tourist destination rich in Malay cultural heritage,” he told Bernama yesterday upon officiating at the Melaka Tengah district Information Department’s Semarak Gemilang programme.
If you were planning a quick holiday next week, head to Melaka, perhaps?