Visitors arriving at the Sibu Airport two years from now will enjoy a bigger, fully air-conditioned new terminal building and better facilities.

Sarawak Minister of Environment and Public Health Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh told reporters here Monday that the building and its facilities would be upgraded at a cost of RM150mil under the second economic stimulus package announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recently.

The federal government was in the final stage of calling for tenders for the works.

The terminal would have, among others, three aerobridges so that passengers need not walk for long distances to and from the aircraft, he said.

Wong said the runway, which was extended to 2,745m from the original 1,981m under the Seventh Malaysian Plan, could now accommodate the Airbus aircraft.

According to Malaysian Airports Berhad, the terminal building when upgraded would be bigger than those at the Bintulu and Miri Airports. – Bernama