KUCHING: Mukah will get a RM600mil airport to cater to its rapid growth as the Sarawak Corri-dor of Renewable Energy’s (Score) central administrative centre.
Mukah Division Resident Saudi Narani said the proposed airport was being designed, adding that the site survey work for the project was underway.
“The new airport will cater for B737-800W aircraft and larger passenger capacity.
“Half the funds approved for the project is already available,” he told about 100 participants at a seminar organised by Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (Azam) to provide updates on Score.
Saudi, who presented a paper on Score: Current developments and challenges in Mukah, said the existing airport in Mukah could only accommodate 18-seater Twin-Otter aircraft.
Presently, MasWing operates flights between Mukah and Kuching and the Mukah-Miri sector.
A new international airport is also being planned for the Tanjung Manis halal hub in Mukah Division.
Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) deputy general manager Hashim Bojet said the proposed airport would have transhipment facilities for halal products for the export market.
He said the 1.5km runway of the present Tanjung Manis airport, operated by STIDC, would be extended to 3km.
A new road to connect Sibu and Tanjung Manis is under construction.
Mukah and Tanjung Manis are two of the five major growth nodes for Score, the others being Samalaju in Bintulu Division, Baram in Miri Division and Tunoh in Kapit Division.
Saudi said Mukah Division, a traditional fishing village and the heartland of the Melanaus, will be transformed into a smart city to serve as a knowledge centre for human capital development, and research and development centre for resource-based industries.