Malaysia Airports Holdings (MAB) has completed a major
upgrade of Kuching International Airport in East Malaysia that included the
redevelopment of the terminal building.
National airports operator MAB says in a statement that the redevelopment
work included an upgrade of the existing terminal building, and the
construction of new road infrastructure and car parks as part of a 620 million
ringgit ($169 million) expansion programme.
The new terminal building has a floor area of 46,500m2,
more than double that of the old terminal, and is able to handle up to five
million passengers annually. Last year 3.35 million passengers were handled by
Kuching airport, representing growth of 1.1% over 2004.
MAB says there are also plans to lengthen the airport’s runway
to 3,780m (12,400ft) from 2,454m at a cost of 200 million ringgit, which “will
provide unrestricted Boeing 747-400 operations allowing the possibility for
airlines to operate from Kuching to London directly”.
National carrier Malaysia Airlines has operated medium- and
long-haul services from Kuching, in the eastern state of Sarawak, in the past but
in recent months has said it will be reducing international services out of the
city as part of a financial turnaround plan. Cuts announced recently include
the dropping of the Kuching segment of Sydney-Kuching-Kuala Lumpur and Kuala
Lumpur-Kuching-Perth services, as well as the suspension of services between
Kuching and Pontianak in Indonesia.