Batu Berendam International Airport Melaka (LTBB) will be a new hub for Low Cost Flight company Air Asia. The opening is expected on 8 December 2008 and Air Asia will do their first Inaugural Flight to 4 international destination and 2 domestic route from LTBB. 2 domestic route are 1) Melaka – Penang, 2) Melaka – Langkawi and for international route are 1) Padang, 2) Palembang, 3) Pekan Baru dan Medan.
Melaka CM has discussed with Air Asia Chairman Datuk Aziz Bakar and its CEO Datuk Tony Fernandez and they have agreed to start operation in 8 December with Boeing 737. After work to lengthen the runway another 400 meter finished, Air Asia will use Airbus 320. The move to make LTBB as a hub for Air Asia will boost Health Tourism Industry as many of Indonesian like to visit Melaka for medical attention as Melaka have state of the art medical facilities with it’s 3 private hospital but the price remain cheap compares to other state in Malaysia.
Melaka targeting about 500,000 people will use this facilities for 5 years operation and Melaka State Government will strive in order to to make LTBB as a Terminal for Low Cost flight or LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal) and all the community will get benefit. For the locals, no need to go to Sepang International Airport just to go to Langkawai for vacation.