Kuching International Airport is the fourth busiest airport in Malaysia and the main airport serving the Sarawak state. It is located 11 km from Kuching city center. The airport was built in the 1940s by the British Government of Sarawak. After a few rounds of expansion and redevelopment programs, the current terminal building was officially opened in April 2006. Its IATA code is “KCH”, and ICAO code is “WBGG”.
How to travel between Kuching International Airport and Kuching city
From the airport to Kuching town, passengers can take the coupon taxis at the airport. One-way fare is around RM26. From town to airport, taxis can be found at Jalan Gambier / Leboh Jawa taxi station. Passengers can also book taxis by phone via 24-Hour Radio Taxi. Do bargain with the drivers and agree on the fare first as most taxis in Sarawak are not metered.
There is no official bus service between the airport and town. However, passengers can walk for 1-2 km from the airport to Kuching Sentral bus terminal and look for Sarawak Transport Company bus number 3A, 6, 8G, or 9. The bus is available every 20-30 minutes until around 6 pm. Bus ticket costs RM2.
By car rental:
Car rental companies available at the airport include Cat City Holidays, Golden System Car Rental, Mayflower Car Rental, Wah Tung Travel Service, and Kuching Holidays & Car Rental Sdn Bhd. Both self-driven vehicles and chauffeur-driven vehicles are available.
Airlines served by Kuching International Airport:
Kuching International Airport offers direct flights to domestic airports including Kuala Lumpur, Bintulu, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu, Pulau Langkawi, Miri, Mukah, Mulu, Penang, Sibu, and Tanjung Manis. The airport also offers international flights to Singapore, Brunei, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. Currently, there are 6 airlines operating from the airport, namely:
- Express Air
- Malaysia Airlines
- Malaysia Airlines (operated by MASwings)
- Malindo Air