Kuching International Airport (KCH)

Kuching International Airport (IATA: KCH, ICAO: WBGG) is an international airport located in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

 

Airport Location

Kuching International Airport (KCH) 2015-01-25 10.07.34
Kuching International Airport (KCH) 2015-01-25 10.07.34

The airport is located about 11 km south of Kuching city center. Besides, the road leading towards city center is relatively smooth with numerous ongoing infrastructure developments along the way.

Flight Information

Kuching Airport has numerous regularly-scheduled commercial flights. For international passengers as well as passengers arriving from Peninsular Malaysia, immigration check is required.

Airlines that serve Kuching International Airport include Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air and AirAsia.

Airport Technical Details

Airport
Kuching International Airport
IATA Code:KCH
ICAO Code:WBGG
Airport type:Public / Military
Owner:Government of Malaysia
Operator:Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB)
Serves:Kuching, Sarawak
Location:Kuching, Sarawak
Time zone:Malaysia Standard Time (MST), UTC +08:00
Elevation AMSL:89 ft (27 m)
Coordinates:1.487083, 110.341917
Airline(s):

Kuching International Airport has 1 runway.

Flight Schedule (Arrivals)

Flight
Airline
Origin
Arrival
Notes
AK 6055AirAsiaBTU8:10 AMDaily
AK 6351AirAsiaBKI9:25 AMDaily
MH 3381MASwingsBTU11:20 AMDaily
MH 2807Malaysia AirlinesBKI12:05 PMDaily
AK 5418AirAsiaJHB1:30 PMTue, Thu, Sat only
AK 6355AirAsiaBKI5:00 PMDaily
AK 5508AirAsiaKBR6:25 PMTue, Thu, Sat only
MH 3807MASwingsBTU7:15 PMDaily
MH 3383MASwingsSBW8:15 PMDaily
AK 6359AirAsiaBKI11:55 PMDaily
AK 6059AirAsiaBTUDaily
MH 6014Malaysia AirlinesKULWed, Thu only

Flight Schedule (Departures)

Flight
Airline
Departure
Destination
Notes
MH 6014Malaysia Airlines12:20 AMBKIThu only
MH 3804MASwings6:05 AMBTUDaily

 

Transport Information

Getting to Kuching Airport is fairly easy. This is because the airport location is relatively near to the city center. Besides, there are many taxis available to cater to your needs.

If you are not a fan of taxi service, keep in mind that GrabCar is now available at Kuching International Airport. Grabcar is a ridesharing service that gives you a better rate than taxi service. At times, you can see taxi drivers can be a GrabCar driver as well.

In case if you are not able to book Grab or Uber ride, taxi rides to Kuching city centre will cost you around RM 25 to RM 30.

 

Airport Directory

Food/Beverages

  • Marrybrown (post-security)

 

Convenience Store

  • Unknown

History

  • 1938: The first airport in Kuching is an airstrip constructed at 7th Mile (Bukit Stabar). It measures only 640 m long by 270 m wide.
  • 1950: A terminal building was added and opened for use on 26 September 1950. It is a small “L” shaped single story passenger terminal. Additionally, the airport also featured a small cargo facility as well as airport fire station.
  • 1954: Kuching International Airport becomes a gateway to Sarawak, Brunei and Sabah (known as North Borneo at that time). This is evident in a statistics in 1954 showing 1550 aircraft movements, 13,564 passengers, 95,911 kilograms of cargo and 25,984 mails.
  • 1959: The runway was extended to 1555 meters to make way for Vickers Viscount turboprop aircraft operations.
  • 2006, 17 April: The new terminal building was officially opened by the Prime Minister of Malaysia at that time, Tun Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi.

Incidents and Accidents

  • 2011, 10 January: AirAsia Flight 5218 skidded on the runway while landing. Four passengers were brought to Sarawak General Hospital. No fatalities recorded.

 

Nearby places

  • CityONE Megamall (5 km)
  • Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology (LICT) Sarawak Campus (9 km)

 

Additional Links

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Sources

Listed below are the sources for this article:

  1. Kuching International Airport – Wikipedia
  2. Kuching International Airport – MAHB Website

This page was updated on Jun 1, 2017 @ 12:52 AM.