MIRI: The Miri Airport upgrading project will be completed by the end of 2019.
Upon completion, the airport would be able to cater for three million passengers per annum and have more modern facilities to better serve domestic and international passengers.
Among the new facilities would be a separate departure hall for domestic passengers and more immigration clearance counters and an arrival gate for Rural Air Service (RAS) passengers, Assistant Minister of Sarawak Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin said.
“These would be carried out under Miri Airport Optimisation Plan pending the upgrading and rebuilding of Miri Airport in the long term plan,” he said at a press conference before a walkabout at the airport yesterday.
A separate departure hall for international flights to cater for about 160 passengers, or a full jet aircraft load, will be included in the long-term plan, he added.
The airport parking area expansion started in January this year and would add another 200 lots to the current 412, while the terminal building upgrading and reconfiguration will start as soon as the consultant has finalised the design.
Lee said the current passenger load had shot past the designed capacity of two million passengers annually about eight years ago, and after a slight dip in the past three years, had surged back this year.
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