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Kukup International Ferry Terminal reopens

PONTIAN (Nov 8): The Kukup International Ferry Terminal, which has been temporarily closed since Sept 1, resumed operations yesterday.

Announcing the reopening of the terminal, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal said he received the clearance letter Wednesday evening from the Indonesian government to allow ferries from Malaysia to dock in Tanjung Balai Terminal, Karimun Island.

He said the reopening of the ferry terminal demonstrates good ties between the state and the Indonesian government in solving common issues

“I hope the Johor Public Transport Corporation will be able to make improvements to encourage more tourists to this area,” he told reporters while witnessing the terminal's maiden operation here yesterday.

The Kukup International Ferry Terminal was closed temporarily after the state government terminated the agreement of its concessionaire, following which, the ferry operations shifted to the Puteri Harbour International Ferry Terminal in Iskandar Puteri.

As of now, there are up to five return trips between Kukup and Tanjung Balai, each with the capacity to ferry about 130 passengers. The ferry terminal serves about 13,000 people in an average per month.

The journey time takes about an hour. The ticket priced at RM100 (adults) and RM70 (child) for a one-way trip, and RM125 (adult) and RM85 (child) for a to-and-fro journey.

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