A new terminal at Kota Kinabalu International Airport in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah will begin operations tomorrow.
National airports operator Malaysian Airports Holdings says that the construction of the terminal cost 720 million ringgit ($215 million). It can handle 3,200 passengers per hour, has 64 check-in counters for international and domestic flights, and 17 aircraft parking bays.
The existing terminal will be shut for renovations after the operations have been transferred to the new terminal. It will be integrated with the new terminal when the work has been completed, doubling the total floor space to over 100,000 sq metres.
Last year, as part of a massive refurbishment plan, a new terminal built specifically for low-cost carriers opened at the airport. An extension of the runway to 3,780m and a full-length taxiway is scheduled to be completed next year.
Malaysian Airports says that 4.3 million passengers used the airport in 2007 and 4.6 million are expected in 2008, making it one of the busiest airports in the country. It will have the capacity to handle nine million passengers annually, and the operator adds that there is room for further expansion.