An air ferry for Penang


With two bridges linking Penang’s island and mainland, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng now looks towards an aerial connection to stitch more tightly the state’s two halves together.

The announcement, in all honesty, came as a surprise. With work on an RM6.3bil undersea tunnel slated to begin next year, few were expecting news on any further links between Penang’s island and mainland. So, understandably, the disclosure of quiet, ongoing discussions between the state government and Penang Sentral – the upcoming central integrated transport hub under the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) – in mid-April created waves all over the state.

The idea of the Penang Sky Cab, in principle, is simple: gondolas, linked by nine galvanised steel towers, ferrying passengers across the 3km distance between Butterworth on the mainland and Gat Lebuh Noordin on the island.

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