Mukah STOLport reopens as an airport to better serve the community
An airport is not only a gateway for air connectivity, but it also connects rural communities with the rest of the world. As part of this aspiration, Malaysia Airports has reopened the former Short Take-off and Landing Air Strip (STOLport) in the coastal town of Mukah as Mukah Airport (IATA Code: MKM) on 17 June 2021.
With its newly upgraded status, MKM has replaced all its previous STOLport functions allowing the reopened airport to cater up to 264,000 passengers per anum, accommodating up to 200 passengers at any time as compared to the 67 passengers when it was a STOLport.
In a statement, Malaysia Airports group chief executive officer said the opening of the RM300 million airport would further boost the connectivity of Mukah and its surrounding areas in Sarawak.
“This is both timely and crucial especially during this challenging pandemic period for the delivery of essential supplies like medicine, food, basic supplies to the remote areas of the country.
“As part of brand promise and service delivery, we aspire to connect the rural communities throughout the country. Currently, in Sarawak alone, Malaysia Airports operates eight other STOLports which are key socio-economic contributors,” he said adding that the upgraded status would strengthen the town’s prospects in contributing to the local economic development.
Malaysia Airports has also upgraded MKM with a 1.5km runway which is suitable for turboprop and helicopter operations. The new runway could also be potentially extended for larger jet airliners, such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 in the future.
Situated just 7 km from Mukah town, the airport is built upon 285 acres of land area, with a new terminal building, runway, Air Traffic Control Tower, offices, VIP Building, fire station and passenger waiting facilities. Other airport stakeholders’ offices are housed here as well, namely the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) and Meteorological Department (MET).
This new airport is also equipped with 100 parking bays, 20 taxi parking bays, 20 motorcycle parking bays and 2 bus parking bays for the convenience of the public.