alor setar underwater airport

Over the past few days, I’ve been seeing lots of photos of the flood that hits Malaysia’s northern states. Aunty Siti who’s living in Jitra posted quite a lot of them on her blog. Kak Jaja’s blog had several too.

Orang lain letak gambar banjir, I pun nak letak jugak. So here are a bunch of photos that I got from my colleague, taken at Alor Setar airport on Wednesday. I was shocked to see how bad the situation was. It looked as if the airport was in the middle of the sea!


Look at that, so much water.


And more water.


And even more water.


To the left is the terminal building. The airport became an island of its own.


A view from the departure/arrival hall. Fortunately the ground equipments are safely parked at the dry zone.


Floodwaters covering the runway. How to take-off and land like this?


The control tower from afar.

No matter how modern an aircraft is, it’s still an aircraft, not a boat, much less a submarine. Hence, we definitely have to cancel our flights in and out of Alor Setar until the situation gets better. For the benefit of those travelling to/from there on Malaysia Airlines, I’m putting up the following info that you may find useful.

The following flights will be cancelled respectively:

Friday, 5 November 2010
Kuala Lumpur – Alor Setar (MH1208) scheduled to depart 1.55pm
Alor Setar – Kuala Lumpur (MH1209) scheduled to depart 3.20pm
Kuala Lumpur – Alor Setar (MH1252) scheduled to depart 8.00pm
Alor Setar – Kuala Lumpur (MH1253) scheduled to depart 9.25pm

Saturday, 6 November 2010
Kuala Lumpur – Alor Setar (MH1208) scheduled to depart 1.55pm
Alor Setar – Kuala Lumpur (MH1209) scheduled to depart 3.20pm
Kuala Lumpur – Alor Setar (MH1252) scheduled to depart 8.00pm
Alor Setar – Kuala Lumpur (MH1253) scheduled to depart 9.25pm

Sunday, 7 November 2010
Kuala Lumpur – Alor Setar (MH1208) scheduled to depart 1.55pm
Alor Setar – Kuala Lumpur (MH1209) scheduled to depart 3.20pm
Kuala Lumpur – Alor Setar (MH1252) scheduled to depart 8.00pm
Alor Setar – Kuala Lumpur (MH1253) scheduled to depart 9.25pm

Monday, 8 November 2010
Kuala Lumpur – Alor Setar (MH1202) scheduled to depart 8.00am
Alor Setar – Kuala Lumpur (MH1203) scheduled to depart 9.25am
Kuala Lumpur – Alor Setar (MH1208) scheduled to depart 1.55pm
Alor Setar – Kuala Lumpur (MH1209) scheduled to depart 3.20pm
Kuala Lumpur – Alor Setar (MH1252) scheduled to depart 8.00pm
Alor Setar – Kuala Lumpur (MH1253) scheduled to depart 9.25pm

Passengers on the affected flights have a few travel options:

1. Exchange their tickets for free to fly either to or from Penang (PEN) or Langkawi (LGK) instead of Alor Setar (AOR). However, ground arrangements will not be covered.

2. Change their travel date at no fee (regardless of ticket types), within a specified validity period. For full refunds, the normal refund policy applies depending on ticket fare types.

Customers are advised to call Malaysia Airlines’ 24-hours call centre at 1 300 88 3000 (within Malaysia) or +603 7843 3000 (outside Malaysia) or visit our ticketing offices before proceeding to the airport.

P.S.: Maya, I’m not only a marketing agent, I’m also a news agent ;-p

6 comments:

Maya Marisa said...

wow, so informative...you can be the next EOY...heehehe
and look at the floodwaters streaming along the runaway. gosh, no wonder the airport is closed.
well, who are we to defy mother nature right?
its certainly a lesson learned for everyone. this is when we revisit the BCP (biz continuity plan) and the DRP (disaster recovery plan) again....betul tak? i bet there must be a slight loss in income on this aftermath...hehehe this is what happens when an ex-consultant opens her mouth...

dieya said...

maya,
yeah, things like this and gunung merapi eruption do humble us mortals.
hahaha brava chica, spoken like a true ex-consultant! some habits die hard eh? ;-)
EOY? aaamiiiiinnn! :-D

ahkakbatik said...

kat sini pun ada banjir gak... tapi kenapa pemandangan banjir di sini nampak jauh lebih cantik dr pemandangan banjir di kelantan?

oh! mesti kaktek pun nampak comei di sini banding tangkap gambo kat mesia? lojik tak lojik?

dieya said...

k tek,
kata ujan omeh di negeri orang kan.. kompem banjir pun cantekkk.. lip lap lip lap belaka!

Aida Rezuan said...

Dieya,
Uiks.. gerun tengok. Jenuh la nak cuci segala selut and lumpur lepas banjir nanti ek.
* ada nak pakai tukang cuci? :D

dieya said...

aida,
tu laa kan, kesian tukang2 curi kat airport kena wa overtime pasni. cik aida nak join main air ke?