Wednesday August 1, 2012
New Sibu airport terminal building fully operational
SIBU: The new Sibu Airport terminal building has been completed and is fully operational.
Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said it was only second to the Kuching International Airport terminal building in terms of build-up area.
“It’s a job well done by the main contractor, Musyati Sdn Bhd, which completed the project 45 days ahead of schedule,” Wong, who is also Local Government and Community Develop-ment Minister, said yesterday.
He described the new terminal building as well-designed with a modern look.
“The new terminal building which has full capacity to comfortably accommodate 1.9 million passengers yearly is also well equip-ped with modern facilities which are very user-friendly,” Wong said, adding that it would be able to meet Sibu’s needs for the next 10 years.
In 2010, the airport traffic touched one million passengers and last year it recorded 1.14 million passengers.
Wong said the new airport terminal building was very significant as it complemented the development of Sibu and the central region as a whole, especially with the massive ongoing development in Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) and the many large-scale agricultural development projects like oil palm in the region.
“It will certainly play an important role in promoting tourism. I hope all stake holders, particularly travel agents, will make full use of it,” Wong stressed.
He said he would also try his best to turn Sibu Airport into an international one by pushing for three weekly flights between Sibu and Singapore.
According to project manager Felix Su, the just completed terminal building (Package 1) was worth RM84.44mil while Package 2, which would mainly be the extension of the taxiway, would be RM52.444mil.
The Government had also approved RM4.4mil for additional work to convert the existing access road into a dual carriageway.
It is understood that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would officiate at the opening of the new terminal building on Sept 6.