Miri Airport

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Miri Airport
Lapangan Terbang Miri
Miriairport terminal.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]

Facilities[edit]

The airport has a terminal which can accommodate up to 2 million passengers annually.[4]

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.

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, Coffe 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[5].

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 aircrafts such as Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 and equivalent while Gate A3 is optimised for widebody aircrafts 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
AirAsia Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Penang, Singapore
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Singapore
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

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[6]
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[7] 1,164,368 Increase 12.7 TBA Steady TBA Steady
Miri Airport at night

Future development[edit]

On 6 December 2011, The Ministry of Transport, Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said that the 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.[8]

The growing passenger traffic reached and alarming rate in 2014. Calls for upgrades for the airport are often voiced[9][10] as Miri Airport handles more than 4,000 flights a month, and 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. Traffic congestion during peak hours also pose a problem. An urgent meeting was also held by Sarawak Communication Assistant Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin regarding the matters[11].

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[12]. 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 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.

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. ^ http://www.etawau.com/HTML/Miri/MiriInternationalAirport.htm
  5. ^ Aubrey, Samuel (8 October 2013). "Malindo Air to suspend KL-Miri sector indefinitely". Borneo Post Online. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "MAHB Annual Report 2012". MAHB. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.mot.gov.my/en/Statistics/Aviation/2014%201%20-%20QUARTER%20I%202014/Jadual%204.5.pdf
  8. ^ MIRI AIRPORT TO BE EXPANDED UNDER 11MP Bernama – Tue, Dec 6, 2011
  9. ^ "Lee calls for upgrade of Miri Airport". Borneo Post Online. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Miri Airport needs an upgrade – Jofri Jaraiee". The Malaysian Insider. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Congestion at Miri Airport affects domestic, foreign flight schedules Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/07/11/congestion-at-miri-airport-affects-domestic-foreign-flight-schedules/#ixzz3MM5DyImC". Borneo Post Online. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Miri Airport gets RM78 mln for extension". Borneo Post Online. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 

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