Sibu Airport resumes operations after MAS plane skid

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Sibu Airport resumed operations at midnight on Sunday, 12 hours ahead of the targeted resumption following its closure on Saturday after a MAS plane skidded on the runway.

Airport manager Zainuddin Abu Nasir said work to fill up several huge holes on the runway was completed at about 11pm Sunday.

He said the NOTAM (notice to airmen) had been sent to airlines on the resumption of operations at the airport which was earlier scheduled to reopen only at noon Monday.

The airport was closed from 11pm on Saturday after a MAS plane from Kuala Lumpur skidded on its second attempt to land during a heavy downpour at 10.17pm Saturday.

Over 3,000 passengers were left stranded after the flights were cancelled due to the incident.

The airport's resumption of operations brought great relief to travellers. Those affected by the closure had re-timed their flights to today.

Sibu Airport serves flights to Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Kuching, Miri, Bintulu, and Kota Kinabalu, involving a total of 48 flights.

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