By Danial Dzulkifly
SHAH ALAM, Sept 9 — The annual Selangor Aviation Show (SAS) is contemplating a venue upgrade, with aspirations to host the event at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang by 2025.
State executive councillor for investment, trade, and mobility Ng Sze Han said discussions are ongoing between the state government and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) over the potential venue change.
However, he said it is unlikely next year’s airshow will be held in Sepang.
“We need time to prepare and coordinate to ensure the show’s success,” he said during a press conference at SAS 2023 held at the Skypark Regional Aviation Centre (RAC) in Bukit Jelutong here today.
“That is why we are looking to move the venue to Sepang in 2025, but talks with MAHB are already in motion.”
Since its debut in 2021, SAS has been held at Skypark RAC.
This year’s edition has drawn a crowd of over 20,000 participants from the trade and public sectors — its biggest ever, and over double, from last year’s event.
Ending today, SAS 2023 witnessed the signing of 27 memoranda of understanding, with 119 exhibitors participating in the airshow.
Reflecting on this success, Ng said there is growing demand from attendees.
“Many are asking whether we will do the show next year. This is because SAS is the only commercial aviation show in the region of this size and nature.
“This shows SAS is a complete success,” he said.
Ng announced registration for SAS 2024 has commenced.
He hinted at the possibility of retaining the current venue for the upcoming edition.
“In terms of space, it is very likely we will continue to do it here, on the same time frame in September next year,’’ he said.