Malaysia is planning to upgrade the status of Miri Airport, in the state of Sarawak, to enable the launch of international flights.
The Bernama news agency reported Malaysia’s Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai, as saying that the upgraded status would coincide with the expansion of Miri Airport, which is expected to get underway in 2017.
“The proposed project is awaiting approval from the Finance Ministry and given the green light, it would be implemented next year,” the minister was quoted saying. “Upgrading Miri Airport to the Miri International Airport is not much of a problem as it has several features to be one, like immigration counters and flights coming in from Singapore,” he noted.
Work has already been undertaken to improve Miri Airport, including a MYR68 million (US$17.4m) expansion of its air-side facilities and the introduction of covered walkways. This project was completed in February this year.
A further MYR285m package of improvements would approximately double Miri Airport’s annual capacity from two million to four million passengers per year.
Miri Airport is currently served by AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines and MASwings.