Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Alor Setar, Kedah will be closed until tomorrow to all flights, except for helicopter services, said Transport Minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha.
He said heavy rains the past few days, especially in the northern region of Peninsular Malaysia resulted in the flood hit the area and forced the closure of the airport yesterday.
"We want to apologize because this situation is not expected due to weather conditions," he told reporters after attending the fair sharing of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) with an American company operating in Malaysia at SkyPark Terminal, Airport, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, Subang, here today.
The airport operates flights from Alor Setar Airlines to Kuala Lumpur three times a day; AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar (twice), and Firefly from Subang to Alor Star (twice).
The airport is situated 12 km from Alor Setar and can handle up to 800,000 passengers per year.
Cho Ha said the other fields, such as the Langkawi International Airport, Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Kota Baharu and Sultan Mahmud Airport in Kuala Terengganu is still operating as normal.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airlines, Tengku Datuk Azmil Zahruddin said the national airline customers who have booked flights to Alor Setar and can not take the flight due to airport closure allowed to reschedule the flight, or choose the most convenient destination.