Sarawak, located 240 km east of Peninsular Malaysia is one of major tourist locations in the country attracting thousands of visitors from all across the world. Sarawak airports have contributed immensely to make the state easily accessible. The major airports in the state are Kuching, Miri, Sibu and Bintulu. Out of these the Kuching International Airport is the most larges and the most important in the region.
Kuching International Airport is located 15 km away from the city and is home to an airbase for the Royal Malaysian Air Force. The airport recently has been upgraded and boasts of a terminal that is capable of handling 5 millions passengers per annum. The number of passengers has increased at a rapid rate in the last few years; in the year 2005, KIA received 3.35 million passengers and 28,406 metric tonnes of cargo were received and transported.
The major domestic airlines operating in the airport are AirAsia, FAX Fly Asian Xpress, Batavia Air, Hornbill Skyways and Malaysia Airlines. All these airlines operate flights to Sarawak from different states of the country. International airlines are also operational at the airport that includes Malaysia Airlines, Silk Air, and Xiamen Airlines. Several cargo airlines also operate cargo flights to and from the airport that includes DHL and Transmile Air Services.
The airport has been specially designed to fulfill all the requirements of the passengers. The airport boasts of avant-garde cargo facilities. You will find here everything from warehouses and air-conditioned storages to deep freeze storages and Transit zone. Apart form this there are special arrangements for the passengers for relaxation and refreshment, especially during flight delays like restaurants, cafes, chemist shops, duty free shops and gift shops.
Other facilities of the Sarawak International airport include special security arrangements to cope with increasing threat of terrorism, special transport facilities that includes taxi service counter and kiosks of travel agents both inside and outside the airport, tourist help desk, and special arrangements for the disabled and medical facilities.
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