Sibu airport resumes operations

Passengers checking their flight status at Sibu Airport. — ANDY CHUA / The Star

SIBU: The airport here has resumed operations, bringing great relief to some 3,000 travellers.

The airport was closed from 11pm on Saturday, 27 hours after a Malaysia Airlines plane from Kuala Lumpur skidded on its second attempt to land during a downpour at 10.17pm on Saturday.

Following closure of the airport, all inbound and outbound flights were cancelled.

Sibu Airport manager Zainuddin Abu Nasir said the airport sought help from government agencies to patch up holes and remove debris from the runway.

“I would like to thank the people of Sibu in particular, for their prayers, which made our work possible,” he said.

He said it was fortunate that the runway was not damaged in the accident.

“Our main concern had been to provide the best services to passengers,” he added.

Sibu Airport serves flights to Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Kuching, Miri, Bintulu, and Kota Kinabalu, involving a total of 50 flights.

Zainuddin said eight flights scheduled for Monday were rescheduled and six were cancelled.

The Malaysia Airline aircraft involved in the incident is currently parked at the airport’s aircraft parking area.

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