Kuching International Airport sits 11km shy of the heart of Kuching city, and serves as a leading gateway not only for its hometown, but also the wide reaching southwest regions of Sarawak in East Malaysia. The airport is also one of the busiest within the country, having experienced increasing levels of passenger traffic especially in recent times. Installed in the 1940s under the colonisation of the British, Kuching Airport was fitted with appropriate amenities to carry out its operations even from the early years when it had served as the entry point into not only Sarawak but also encompassing the regions of Brunei and North Borneo. Upgrades and expansions were also implemented to facilitate not only the growth of the airport in terms of size, but its capability in accommodating to large bouts of passenger traffic as well. This included the addition of a new modern terminal to replace the existing one in order to take in foreign carriers, such as Singapore Airlines and Royal Brunei Airlines. Currently, Kuching Airport plays host to a myriad of airlines docking at its bases, and connecting the airport both within the domestic realm, as well as the international platform. Destinations that airlines found docking at Kuching Airport include Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Kuching International Airport currently comprises one main passenger terminal, although there have been fixed plans to construct a second terminal, whose estimated date of completion will be towards the end of 2015. The current terminal boasts an extended runway and taxiway, alongside a cargo apron and nine gates which will be able to receive Airbuses. Also, the terminal’s interior design has been inspired by Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the country’s biggest gateway. Check in counters may be located on the upper concourse of the airport, so do proceed upstairs to the second floor should you be leaving Kuching.
Services and Facilities
Passengers in transit at Kuching Airport can choose to spend those few hours wisely by treating themselves to a time of indulgence and rejuvenation at the Plaza Premium Airport Lounge. Here, passengers can enjoy unlimited connection to the Internet, pamper themselves with some delightful refreshments on the house, or bask in the peaceful atmosphere and update themselves on what’s happening elsewhere in the world. The Plaza Premium Airport Lounge is available through a time pass.
Other amenities at the airport includes smoking rooms, prepaid massage chairs, information counters, ATM machines and currency exchange services, retail options from luxury brands to convenience stores, and dining selections ranging across fast food chains and dine-in restaurants.
Airport or nearby transit hotels
Near the airport premises, there are multiple small-scale accommodation which budget travellers will be pleased to chance upon if they happen to be on a long layover but do not wish to sleep on the airport’s chairs. The Four Points by Sheraton Kuching Hotel is also located close by at 1.25km away from the airport.