Miri Airport

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Miri Airport
Lapangan Terbang Miri
Miri Airport MRD.jpg
IATA: MYYICAO: WBGR
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Malaysia
Operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
Serves Miri, Sarawak
Location Miri, Sarawak
Hub for MASwings, Awan Inspirasi
Time zone MST (UTC+08:00)
Elevation AMSL 59 ft / 18 m
Coordinates 04°19′31″N 113°59′18″E / 4.32528°N 113.98833°E / 4.32528; 113.98833Coordinates: 04°19′31″N 113°59′18″E / 4.32528°N 113.98833°E / 4.32528; 113.98833
Map
MYY is located in East Malaysia
MYY
MYY
Location in East Malaysia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,745 9,006 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 2,223,172
Passenger change 12-13 Increase10.1%
Aircraft movements 47,585
Movements change 12-13 Increase5.4%
Sources: Official web site[1]
AIP Malaysia[2]

Miri Airport (IATA: MYYICAO: WBGR) is an airport located 9.5 km (5.9 mi) south east[2] of Miri, a city in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia.

Miri Airport is the third busiest airport in Malaysia in terms of aircraft movements, serving 2.2 million passengers in 2013. It is also one of the country's top three airports in terms of aircraft movements and the fifth busiest in terms of passengers handled. Miri Airport is a major hub for MASWings which took over most of the mainly rural domestic services from FlyAsianXpress.

Miri Airport used to be the second largest airport in Sarawak, after Kuching International Airport. However, the position was overtaken by Sibu Airport in July 2012 after the upgrading of Sibu Airport's terminal.[3]

Miri's location in the middle of Malaysian Borneo and close to the border of Brunei makes it a suitable hub for rural air services and an important gateway to Sarawak. In 2013, there were 2,223,172 passenger movements, and 47,585 aircraft movements in the airport.[1]

History[edit]

As population of Miri Town grows, the need for a larger airport forced the government to search for a new site to relief the traffic in Lutong Airport. A site to the south of the town centre was selected. Miri Airport was fully functional post 1980s.

Facilities[edit]

Miri Airport is the busiest domestic airport in Malaysia in terms of passenger and aircraft movement.[4] The airport has a terminal which can accommodate up to 2 million passengers annually.[5]

Check-in counters[edit]

There are a total of 15 check-in counters, of which 6 of them are Malaysia Airlines/MASwings check-in counters and 4 for AirAsia. There are also 2 AirAsia self check-in kiosks, both located near the side entrance of the airport.

Baggage claims[edit]

There are a total of 3 conveyer belts in the baggage reclaim hall.

Miri Airport Terminal in 1988.

Immigration[edit]

Sarawak controls its own immigration autonomy. The exercised laws require all passengers travelling with any flights from outside Sarawak (including all flights from Peninsular Malaysia, the state of Sabah, Federal Territory of Labuan and other countries) to go through the immigration screening at the first entry of any Sarawakian airport.


Shops and food outlets[edit]

Several shops and F&B outlets can be found in the airport, including Starbucks, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Marrybrown and Famous Amos. Malaysia Airlines/MASwings and AirAsia each has a sales office in the airport. Malindo Air also maintains its sales office in the first floor of the airport, just outside the departure hall, even though it has suspended flights to Miri from Kuala Lumpur indefinitely.[6]

Departure gates[edit]

There are two aprons in the airport: Apron 1 for Gate A and Apron 2 for Gate B. Apron 1 has 4 aircraft parking bays, including Gates A1 through A3. All gates are fitted with aerobridges. Gates A1 and A2 are for narrowbody aircraft such as Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 and equivalent while Gate A3 is optimised for widebody aircraft like Airbus A330 or Boeing 777. Apron 2 (Gate B) is primarily used by MASwings and it parks 3 ATR 72 and 4 DHC-6 Twin Otter.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
AirAsia Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Penang Domestic
AirAsia Singapore International
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur, Kuching Domestic
Malaysia Airlines Singapore International
MASwings
operated for Malaysia Airlines
Ba'kelalan, Bario, Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Labuan, Lawas, Limbang, Long Akah, Long Banga, Long Lellang, Long Seridan, Marudi, Mukah, Mulu, Sibu Domestic

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Transmile Air Services Cargo Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur
DHL Express Cargo operated by Transmile Air Services Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur
Neptune Air Cargo Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Annual passenger numbers and aircraft statistics[7]
Year
Passengers
handled
Passenger
% Change
Cargo
(tonnes)
Cargo
% Change
Aircraft
Movements
Aircraft
% Change
2003 1,377,312 Steady 3,881 Steady 43,460 Steady
2004 1,509,684 Increase 9.6 4,721 Increase 21.6 45,269 Increase 4.2
2005 1,594,855 Increase 5.6 5,392 Increase 14.2 42,865 Decrease 5.3
2006 1,559,379 Decrease 2.2 4,080 Decrease 24.3 42,680 Decrease 0.4
2007 1,454,167 Decrease 6.7 3,564 Decrease 12.6 35,502 Decrease 16.8
2008 1,537,840 Increase 5.7 4,146 Increase 16.3 38,172 Increase 7.5
2009 1,620,345 Increase 5.4 3,921 Decrease 5.4 41,996 Increase 10.0
2010 1,694,915 Increase 4.6 6,770 Increase 72.7 41,682 Decrease 0.7
2011 1,856,626 Increase 9.5 8,198 Increase 21.1 43,707 Increase 4.9
2012 2,018,415 Increase 8.7 9,879 Increase 20.5 45,127 Increase 3.2
2013 2,223,172 Increase 10.1 9,800 Decrease 0.8 47,585 Increase 5.4
1H 2014[8] 1,164,368 Increase 12.7 TBA Steady TBA Steady


Expansion and upgrades[edit]

Passengers visiting Miri has grown steadily over the years after the upgrade of the terminal. Calls to upgrade the gateway to northern Sarawak was voiced as the airport slowly reaches its maximum capacity.[9][10] On 6 December 2011, The Ministry of Transport, Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said that Miri Airport will be expanded further to cater for the growing volume of passengers and cargo passing through it. The expansion project would be implemented under the 11th Malaysia Plan following the increase in air passengers using the airport which was projected to reach two million within the next two years. The airport recorded an increase of 9.75 per cent in passenger traffic during the first nine months of this year where 1.35 million passengers used the airport compared with 1.23 million during the same period last year. Cargo traffic also increased 18.69 per cent during the period under review from 4,849 metric tons to 5,756 metric tons. Miri International Airport is the busiest domestic airport in Malaysia in terms of passenger and aircraft movement.[4]

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak tabled the 2014 Budget on October 2013 and it was announced that Miri Airport would be among the five airports in the state and Sabah to be upgraded with a RM312 million allocation. The other airports were Sibu and Mukah Airports and Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan Airports.[11] Lee also pointed out the need for the airport to have separate terminals catering to domestic and international and rural air services. This includes separate check-in counters and the departure and arrival lounges. The allocation is also said to improve passenger comfort at the airports.[12]

The growing passenger traffic reached an alarming rate in 2014. Appeals to upgrade the airport to cater the growing numbers using Miri Airport were constantly voiced.[13][14] Miri Airport handles more than 4,000 flights a month, with an average of 125 aircraft landings and take-offs daily, including 62 landings for rural services; with the current airport size, arrival time for incoming flights will be delayed because they have to wait for the other aircraft to depart before it could land at the runway.[10][15] Traffic congestion during peak hours also pose a problem. An urgent meeting was held by Sarawak Communication Assistant Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin regarding the matters. There are also talks to introduce more international routes into Miri to further boost the city's economy and to break the tourism bottleneck experienced in Miri as the only international route of Miri-Singapore at present is inadequate.[16]

On 15 December 2014, Lee announced that Miri Airport is getting RM78 million for its extension work, including the extension of the current runway and the aircraft parking apron.[17] Once the extension was completed, the parking apron would be able to accommodate 8 Boeing aircraft and equivalent, 9 ATR 72 and 4 DHC-6 Twin Otter. The extension project also included installing four additional aerobridges, constructing additional runaway, constructing rooftop walkways for domestic passengers and improving the drainage system. The design of the walkways will be based on the walkways found in Low cost carrier terminal (LCCT) of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) that is now closed.

Future development[edit]

When the need arises, the airport can expand towards the south.

Miri Airport at night

Incidents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Miri Airport, Sarawak at Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
  2. ^ a b WBGR - MIRI at Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia
  3. ^ Moh, Jane (1 August 2012). "New Sibu airport terminal commences operation". Borneo Post Online. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b [web|title=Miri Airport to be expanded under 11MP|url=http://www.theborneopost.com/2011/12/07/miri-airport-to-be-expanded-under-11mp/%7Cpublisher=Borneo Post Online]
  5. ^ http://www.etawau.com/HTML/Miri/MiriInternationalAirport.htm
  6. ^ Aubrey, Samuel (8 October 2013). "Malindo Air to suspend KL-Miri sector indefinitely". Borneo Post Online. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "MAHB Annual Report 2012". MAHB. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.mot.gov.my/en/Statistics/Aviation/2014%201%20-%20QUARTER%20I%202014/Jadual%204.5.pdf
  9. ^ . Borneo Post Online http://www.theborneopost.com/2011/10/06/call-to-upgrade-miri-airport/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ a b [web|title=Miri Airport needs to be extended to cater to growing needs - Lee|url=http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/10/30/miri-airport-needs-to-be-extended-to-cater-to-growing-needs-lee/%7Cpublisher=Borneo Post Online]
  11. ^ "‘Upgrading of Miri Airport would bring Miri’s tourism to new height’". Borneo Post Online. 
  12. ^ "Daud: Airport upgrading in Mukah, Sibu and Miri timely". Borneo Post Online. 
  13. ^ "Lee calls for upgrade of Miri Airport". Borneo Post Online. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Miri Airport needs an upgrade – Jofri Jaraiee". The Malaysian Insider. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Congestion at Miri Airport affects domestic, foreign flight schedules". Borneo Post Online. 12 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "More international air routes wanted for Miri’s tourism industry". Borneo Post Online. 
  17. ^ "Miri Airport gets RM78 mln for extension". Borneo Post Online. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 

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