Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Work to upgrade Miri Airport to commence this year

MIRI: The Transport Ministry is expected to start work to upgrade Miri Airport by this year to better serve passengers, said Assistant Minister of Communication Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

Being a resort city, he said, it was important that Miri had good facilities, such as an airport,
which was able to function efficiently to cater to the needs of its visitors and business community.

“We hope the upgrading can start as soon as possible,” he told reporters after attending a briefing on the proposed upgrading work for Miri Airport by Zailan Jauhari, the special officer to acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Malaysia Airport Berhad (MAB) officials here yesterday.

He said Miri city also needed the airport to be upgraded because it served as the hub of all rural air services with the most number of flights to the rural areas, including routes to Bario, Ba’kelalan, Marudi, Lawas, Limbang and Mukah.

Lee said Miri Airport now needed separate terminals catering to domestic,international and rural air services including separate check-in counters, the departure hall and arrival lounges.

He said Miri Airport registered a growing passengers’ traffic volume with more than two million passengers using the airport since 2012.