Lapangan Terbang Miri
|IATA: MYY – ICAO: WBGR|
|Owner||Government of Malaysia|
|Operator||Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad|
|Hub for||MASwings, Awan Inspirasi|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+08:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||59 ft / 18 m|
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.
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.
The airport has a terminal which can accommodate up to 2 million passengers annually.
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.
There are a total of 3 conveyer belts in the baggage reclaim hall.
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
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.
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
|AirAsia||Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Penang, Singapore|
|Malaysia Airlines||Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Singapore|
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|
|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
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.
The growing passenger traffic reached and alarming rate in 2014. Calls for upgrades for the airport are often voiced 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.
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. 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.
- On 6 September 1997, Royal Brunei Airlines Flight 238, crashed short of the runway at Miri Airport. All 10 persons on board were killed.
- Miri Airport, Sarawak at Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
- WBGR - MIRI at Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia
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- "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.
- "Miri Airport gets RM78 mln for extension". Borneo Post Online. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
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- Miri Airport, Sarawak at Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
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- Accident history for MYY at Aviation Safety Network