Thumbs-up for new Mukah Airport

Akit (right).

MUKAH: Airline passengers have given the new Mukah Airport here the  thumbs-up.

Akit Sebli, who is in his sixties, said travelling had  become more comfortable with the upgraded facilities.

“I just wish  more comfortable planes will be made available soon in line with the economic developments and better tourism facilities,” he told New Sarawak Tribune via WhatsApp yesterday (Thursday).

The former permanent secretary at the state Ministry of Tourism was one of the four passengers boarding the historic first flight in a Twin Otter aircraft from Mukah to Kuching   on June 17. That was the day the flight operations commenced at the new airport.

A retired teacher, who wanted to be identified only as Borhan, commended the spacious and nice facilities at the new airport.

He and his wife were among the few passengers arriving from Kuching yesterday (24 June).

A young woman, who preferred to remain anonymous, was also impressed with  the   facilities at the new airport. She was travelling from Mukah to Miri.  

She said the new airport was certainly better than the old Stolport in many ways.

“However, I do not know much about what is inside as this is my first time  at this new airport,” she added.

In line with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the movement control order (MCO), only passengers were allowed to enter the terminal building at the new airport.

The public are also prohibited from entering the building to welcome arriving passengers.

Hence, the terminal is a bit quiet and less vibrant. Once in a while, the silence is broken by  flight announcements.