Sibu Airport extension project ahead of schedule

SIBU: The Sibu Airport extension project, which commenced a month ago, is expected to be completed ahead of schedule.

According to project director from KLIA Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd, Dr Shafie Karimin, the project is expected to be completed two months earlier than projected.

“The project is two per cent completed and it is progressing very smoothly according to schedule,” he enthused.

Giving a briefing on the project at the airport yesterday, he said it consisted of two packages.

The first package involves expansion of terminal building, utility centre building and other related works.

The new 15,240 sq metre terminal building would be fully air-conditioned and consists of 18 check-in counters compared to current eight, four aerobridges and two luggage reclaim belts.

The package also includes instalment of electrical and mechanical services, computerized building management system and work on information technologies and communications.

Safety Control Building, Engineering Office and Workshop are under Package 1 as well.

The second package involves airside civil works and landside, the upgrading work of the DCA and other related work.

There would be an extension and upgrading of DCA management building, road construction, extension of the car park and construction of safety gates and landscaping.

Dr Shafie revealed that Sibu Airport carried 809,995 passengers in 2007 and passenger volume is expected to increase once the new airport is completed.

The figure was based on the National Airport Master Plan Study, which was completed in 2008 under the Ministry of Transport.

“Based on the study, in 2016, Sibu Airport is expected to carry 1.06 million passengers per annum, in 2031 – 1.414 million, and in 2050 – 1.79 million,” he revealed.

Second Finance Minister and Minister of Environment and Public Health, Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, Sibu Municipal Council chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King, Pelawan assemblyman Vincent Goh, Nangka assemblyman Datuk Awang Bemee Awang Ali Basah, SMC deputy chairman Daniel Ngieng and Dudong assemblyman Datuk Dr Soon Choon Teck were present during the briefing.

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