I been showing some airports around Malaysia and I think it is time to show my hometown airport, Sibu airport since next year is Visit Sibu Year. This airport has started its operation on the 1st June 1994. I remember during the opening of this airport, it was virtually crowded as the people of Sibu throng this airport to see the newest airport in town.
The airport is about 27km from Sibu town. It has direct flight to Kuching, Bintulu, Miri, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru. The largest aircraft that can land here is probably the Airbus A320
The airport is considered small and basically a 2 storeys building. The ground floor has a large concourse and it is not air conditioned (open air). Hence, it can be pretty hot in the afternoon.
The check in counter for Malaysia Airlines, Mas Wings and Air Asia flight are at the ground floor
Taxi coupon can be purchased from this booth, near the exit of the arrival hall. Taxi fee to the town should cost around RM35
International times are displayed here but I not sure whether the clocks still tick or not.
Now, to the 1st floor. There is only one real restaurant here on the 1st floor with some stalls selling snacks.
The entrance to the departure hall is on the 1st floor. For any flight travelling outside Sarawak will be consider as "international" flight and must go through the immigration to get the air ticket and passport stamped. For Malaysian, identification card will be sufficient
Air Asia aircraft is not suppose to use the aerobridge facility (in order to cut cost) but somehow my flight that day the aircraft was using aerobridge. That must be my lucky day.
As usual, the people of Sibu will make a long queue before the aircraft even landed. Sometime I had to push and tussle my way through when boarding. When are they going to change their attitude?
I think many people of Sibu will share my sentiment that this is the least develop airport in Sarawak and Sabah. There is nothing much the airport got to offer in term of comfort, entertainment, shopping experience, dining and etc. In my opinion, if they plan to make 2009 as Visit Sibu Year, at least the airport should be upgraded.