SIBU: The new airport terminal building here started its first operation yesterday.
Second Finance Minister and Minister of Local Government and Community Development Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh was there yesterday to inspect the facilities and witness the commencement of the operation.
The RM136 million project consists of 18 check-in counters, eight Immigration counters in the departure hall and six Immigration counters in the arrival hall, nine security X-ray machines, four Customs counters, two baggage reclaim carousels, two make-up carousels and four passenger boarding bridges.
The project is being implemented in two packages.
The first package involves the extension of the passenger terminal building, central utility building and other associated works.
The second package involves airside and landside works, DCA building and other associated works.
The overall project is 98.5 per cent completed.
Speaking at a press conference after the inspection, Wong said the new terminal building is the pride of the people in Sibu.
He said the new terminal building is the second largest terminal building in Sarawak after Kuching International Airport.
Besides its modern look, Wong is also impressed by its facilities which are well incorporated, making the terminal very user-friendly.
He, however, said it would take some time for passengers to get use to the new building.
“I must say the company undertaking the project really showed entrepreneurial spirit and business commitment.
“The project was completed ahead of schedule,” he enthused.
He hoped that the stakeholders, travel agents and Sibu people would make full use of the airport to promote tourism for Sibu and the entire central region.
“I think this airport is important to Sibu, particularly in the next three, five or ten years.
“We are looking forward to greater development activities in the central region,” he said.
He pointed out that more development activities would take place in the future with a large part of the hinterland being opened up for plantation, the construction of Tanjung Manis Road, the Halal Hub, and so forth.
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