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Sarawak Will Build a New ‘ASEAN Hub’ Kuching International Airport, Current One to be Privatised

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The Sarawak State Government has announced that it is planning to build a new international airport in Kuching that would be a regional hub for Southeast Asia.

Speaking at the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly, Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said that the new international airport is part of the state’s plans to support its growing aviation industry.

 

Sarawak plans to build a new ‘ASEAN Hub’ international airport in Kuching 

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As shared by the Sarawak Public Communication Unit (UKAS), Abang Johari added that the new international airport is also meant to facilitate the increasing traffic recorded by the current Kuching International Airport (KIA).

Furthermore, the new airport is also in line with the imminent launch of Sarawak state-owned boutique airline following the takeover of MASWings.

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The Sarawak State Government will hold discussions with Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) on whether the latter would collaborate in building the new international airport.

The Sarawak Premier iterated that with the comprehensive improvements of the transport and logistic network, the state is ready to become an important regional hub for connectivity within Southeast Asia.

As such is in line with the ASEAN Vision 2040 which aims to create an integrated economy.

 

The current international airport may be turned into an airport for private jets

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Kuching international airport

As for what would happen to the existing international airport in Kuching, Abang Johari elaborated that the airport may be privatised.

Specifically, the current airport may be turned into an airport for chartered jets or private jets.

However, the fate of the current airport will only be decided after the completion of the new international airport.

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Kuching international airport

So, what do you guys think of Sarawak’s plans to build a new international airport? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

 

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