Iskandar Malaysia attracted billions of dollars in investment from Singapore. But as the special development region nears its target ‘maturity’ date, it is now better known for its property glut than as the economic driver it was meant to be.

SINGAPORE (Sept 9): At Senai International Airport in Johor Baru, one will surely see passengers from China, South Korea and Japan making their way through customs and immigration. This is not surprising, considering that the regional airport with a capacity to handle four million passengers annually is directly connected to major cities such as Bangkok, Jakarta, Seoul and Guangzhou, on top of Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kota Kinabalu.

A direct service to Shanghai is also in the pipeline, which will make Senai the third airport in Malaysia to have a direct link with China’s financial hub. In anticipation of this, Senai Airport Terminal Services (SATS) is expanding the airport’s waiting area to improve passenger comfort.

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