Mukah Airport would strengthen Mukah’s position as a contributor to the state’s economic development
Airports are now one of the main contributors to a nation’s economic growth. Through connectivity, airports offer the nation’s local businesses access to the global market which ultimately provides jobs and economic prosperity to the nation.
Thus, which is why the Malaysia Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob recently launched the RM450 million Mukah Airport in the presence of Minister of Transport Datuk Seri IR Dr Wee Ka Siong, Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari as well as Malaysia Airports Chairman and Managing Director Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and Dato’ Iskandar Mizal Mahmood.
In his speech during the launch, Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri said the new Mukah Airport in Sarawak would not only enhance the air transportation network of the state but will also help to strengthen the state division’s position as a contributor to Sarawak’s economic development.
“I was informed that the new airport is equipped with a new terminal building facility, a 1,500m runway that can be used by ATR aircraft capable of carrying more passengers than just the previous Twin Otter aircraft. With the improved facilities, the new Mukah Airport can now handle more passengers.”
“The new Mukah Airport will boost economic opportunities that can have a double and interconnected impact on the people of Mukah and generally, Keluarga Malaysia,” he said, adding that the airport will provide support for activities in the SCORE corridor creating a more effective and efficient economic network in the future.
Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri further added that air transport is an important mode of transportation for Sarawak given its geographical situation, located in the third-largest archipelago in the world.
“An airport is not only a place for aircraft to land and takes off, but it is also a gateway for the transportation of passengers and goods to various destinations that are closely related to economic activities,” he said.
Malaysia Airports formally redesignated the new Mukah Airport (IATA Code: MKM) on 17 June 2021, replacing the airport’s previous Short Take-off and Landing Air Strip (STOLport) functions. With its upgraded status, Mukah Airport can now cater to up to 264,000 passengers per year, accommodating up to 200 passengers at any time as compared to the 67 passengers in its previous status.