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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Kuching International Airport

Kuching Airport completed in May this year

KUCHING: A total of 3.5 per cent more work to upgrade the Kuching International Airport (KIA) are still not ready, said Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri.
He said the upgrading works involve the construction of only nine aircraft parking bays, three remote stand, three cargo stand, widening the runway, the addition of check-in counters, commercial lots, Mas Cargo Centre and the provision of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA ).
"Only 3.5 per cent living alone that have not completed the majority of whom are involved work related to the modernization of the base of the Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF).
"The runway extension project and development related to the terminal building was completed and a lot of related work has been completed," he said in a press conference after his la-native to KIA yesterday.
He is also upgrading KIA, costing RM850 million would be completed in mid-May this year.
"The total cost is nearly RM850 million of which we can see that the construction cost alone is enough to reach RM794 million, and if it includes the cost of payments to consultants, Telekom Malaysia(TM), Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), it is estimated to cost up to RM850 million.
"We have given an extension until mid-May and the mean of about three months from now so we're sure the contractor is able to complete it on schedule," he saidHe added, to maintain quality of the upgrading works, the contractor has been subject to conditions to establish the warranty period of 10 years."Before this there was a complaint that there keretakkan here (KIA), but the contractor and the consultant has taken the necessary steps."The contractors are also provided for setting up 10-year warranty and if something happened in that period, they (the contractor) will still be accountable," he saidAt the same time, he was told, with the completion of the upgrading works KIA later, he is expected to be able to accommodate up to six million passengers.At this time only KIA been able to accommodate up to 3.5 million passengers.In addition, according to him, KIA is the third most important airport in the country after the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)"With this development, many airline companies from abroad took the opportunity to bring foreign tourists to come to Sarawak, which is one of the most important tourist destinations in the country.
"With this position, he placed third KIA important in this country, where we found out that KIA also linked to several international destinations, especially in the territories of Japan," he saidHe earlier told the press about 3,658,713 million passengers were recorded last year, an increase of 2009 percent compared to 2:01 with only 3,586,629 million.Also present at the press conference were Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Transport Aviation Division, Wan Said and Senior Manager KIA, Sunif Naiman.


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