KUCHING (Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd.) - Today marks another milestone in the nation's aviation history when the newly redeveloped terminal building of the Kuching International Airport (KIA) was launched by the Prime Minister, YAB Datuk Seri Abdullah Hj. Ahmad Badawi, accompanied by Sarawak Chief Minister, YAB Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and YB Dato Sri Chan Kong Choy, Minister of Transport. This is the fifth airport project completed in the State after Limbang, Bintulu, Miri and Mulu.
Malaysia Airports will also extend the runway from 2454m to 3780m. The new runway and its associated facilities which will cost RM200 million will provide unrestricted B747-400 operations allowing the possibility for airlines to operate from Kuching to London directly. The runway extension would also increase the airside capacity to accommodate 20 aircraft movements per hour.
The new terminal building has the capacity to handle up to five million passengers annually. The floor area which was increased from 20,400 sq m to 46,500 sq m was planned to eliminate peak hour congestion experienced at KIA before the redevelopment.
Malaysia Airports has also introduced a two-tier terminal operation concept with a two-tier forecourt road system to improve passenger flow at the airport. Domestic and international passengers are totally separated in the departure halls.
For the year 2005, KIA handled 3,354,973 passengers, an increase of 1.1 % from 2004. The airport also recorded 9 % increase in cargo movements, registering 28,406,894 movements last year compared to 2004.
Commenting on the opening of the KIA new terminal, Y.Bhg. Dato ™ Seri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports said, This is our commitment to further boost the passenger movements at KIA as well as enhance the services and facilities at this international airport."
We believe that the passengers and airport users at KIA will experience more comfortable visits from now on and Malaysia Airports will continuously monitor that all our service aspects of this airport will be at its level best, _ he added.
The new terminal will provide modern facilities and enhance services for all passengers and airport users of KIA. This is in line with Malaysia Airports ™ corporate objective to continuously improve our service level and facilities to better serve passengers and airport users.
Malaysia Airports manages and operates 39 airports in Malaysia: 5 international, 16 domestic and 18 Short Take-Off and Landing Ports (STOL Ports). On November 30, 1999, Malaysia Airports became the first airport company to be listed in Asia. KL International Airport (KLIA), its flagship airport was recently voted as the Best Airport (15-25 million passengers per annum) in the 2005 AETRA awards. Malaysia Airports has also been entrusted to host the 2008 World Routes Development Forum, the first airport operator in Asia to be given the honour of hosting this world-class airport-airlines event.
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