Miri Airport

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Miri Airport
Lapangan Terbang Miri
Miri Airport MRD.jpg
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 (2017)
Passenger 2,188,048 (Decrease 0.6%)
Airfreight (tonnes) 4,872 (Decrease 33.0%)
Aircraft movements 40,692 (Decrease 0.7%)
Sources: Official web site[1]
AIP Malaysia[2]

Miri Airport (IATA: MYY, ICAO: WBGR) is an airport located 9.5 km (5.9 mi) south east[2] of Miri, a city in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. The airport is the sixth-busiest airport in Malaysia, and the second-busiest in Sarawak.

Miri Airport is a major hub for MASWings which took over most of the mainly rural domestic services from FlyAsianXpress. The 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 2014, Miri Airport is the sixth-busiest airport in terms of aircraft movements and the sixth-busiest in terms of passengers handled, there were 2,363,080 passenger movements, and 49,204 aircraft movements in the airport.[1]

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 and expansion of Sibu Airport's terminal.[3] Miri Airport is not recognised by Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Malaysia and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) as an international airport despite having scheduled international flights daily.

History[edit]

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

Facilities[edit]

Situated in Jalan Airport, Miri Airport is 9.5 km (5.9 mi) south-east of Miri's city centre. 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]

  • Airport terminal

The two-storey terminal building is able to handle up to 2 million passengers per annum. The terminal has been operating beyond its designed limits since 2012.[1] There are a total of 15 check-in counters, of which six are Malaysia Airlines/MASwings check-in counters and four are for AirAsia. There are also Malaysia Airlines/MASwings and AirAsia self check-in kiosks, located near the side entrance of the airport. The terminal is equipped with a total of three conveyor belts in the baggage reclaim hall.

Several shops and dining 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 initially maintained its sales office on the first floor of the airport, just outside the departure hall, even though it has suspended flights to Miri from Kuala Lumpur indefinitely. A few months later, Malindo's sales office in Miri closed.[6] July 1 2016 witnessed the official resumption of Kuala Lumpur-Miri flight by Malindo.[7] Barely a few months later, Malindo Air once again terminated its route from Miri to Kuala Lumpur in April 2017.

There are two aprons in the airport: Apron 'A' and Apron 'B'.[8] The expansion of Apron 'B' was completed in 2014. The aprons underwent yet another expansion in 2015 and were completed on 3 March 2016.[9] The expansion allows 4 additional parking bays for code C aircraft (i.e. Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 and equivalent) and 6 for ATR 72. All existing taxiways, gates and parking bays were renamed after the expansion and upgrades. The apron can now accommodate 7 code C aircraft, 1 Airbus A330 or Boeing 777, 9 ATR 72s and 4 de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters at any given time. Gates A1 - 3 in apron 'A' were renamed Gates 2 - 4 (parking bays 2 - 4), with a new addition of Gate 5 which consists of bays 5 - 8. All gates are for code C aircraft, except for Gate 4 which is optimised for widebody aircraft like Airbus A330 or Boeing 777. Apron 'B' is restricted to Fokker F50 and ATR 72 aircraft or smaller (i.e. DHC-6 Twin Otter) and is primarily used by MASwings, except for parking bay 1 (formerly parking bay B1), which is used for code C aircraft. Gates B and C in apron 'B' were renamed to Gate 1 consisting of parking bays 1 and R1 - R13 (parking bays R1 - 3 were former parking bays B2 - B4 while bays R10 - R13 were initially bays C1 - C4). Parking bays R4 - R9 are new additional parking bays. For the comfort of passengers boarding and disembarking ATR 72s or DHC-6s, 3-fingered piers with covered walkways were also constructed in apron 'B', based on the walkways found in Low cost carrier terminal (LCCT) of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) that is now closed.

  • Runway and taxiways

Miri Airport is serviced with a 2,745 m × 60 m (9,006 ft × 197 ft) runway, designated Runway 02/20, and a partial, parallel taxiway at a width of 23 m (75 ft). Runway 20 is equipped with high intensity simple approach lights whereas Runway 02 has high-intensity Cat 1 precision approach lights installed. Other aids include: ILS, DVOR/DME, NDB and PAPI (slope 3°).[10] Taxiways A3, B1 and C1 that connects the runway, Apron 'A' and Apron 'B' with Taxiway A were finished after the 2016 expansion.[9]

Airside view of Miri Airport.
  • Hangars

There is a hangar for general aviation and an Awan Inspirasi hangar 500 m from the terminal building. The general aviation apron GA2 is a small distance away from GA1 apron, which was completed in 2011. The Awan Inspirasi hangar and GA2 were designed to accommodate 4 helicopters up to Sikorsky S92.[11] MASkargo and Gading Sari each maintains a hangar less than 50 m away from the terminal building.

  • Immigration

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.

Hornbill Skyways has a regional office at Miri International Airport.[12]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
AirAsiaJohor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuching, Singapore
Malaysia AirlinesKuala Lumpur–International, Kuching, Singapore
Malaysia Airlines
operated by MASwings
Ba'kelalan, Bario, Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Labuan, Lawas, Limbang, Long Akah, Long Banga, Long Lellang, Long Seridan, Marudi, Mukah, Mulu, Sibu
Wings AirPontianak
A MASwings ATR 72 parked next to a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737.

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
AsiaCargo ExpressKota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuching

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Traffic[edit]

Annual passenger numbers and aircraft statistics
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
2014 2,363,080 Increase 6.3 8,029 Decrease 18.1 49,204 Increase 3.4
2015 2,249,206 Decrease 4.8 7,292 Decrease 9.2 47,733 Decrease 3.0
2016 2,200,546 Decrease 2.2 7,270 Decrease 0.3 45,554 Decrease 4.6
2017 2,188,048 Decrease 0.6 4,872 Decrease 33.0 40,692 Decrease 0.7
Source: Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad[13]

Statistics[edit]