48 scheduled flights at Sibu Airport cancelled

Malaysia-Airlines-MH2718SIBU: A total of 48 scheduled arrival and departure flights at the Sibu Airport have been cancelled today following a Malaysia Airlines MH2718 flight skidding upon landing last night.

Sibu Airport manager Zainuddin Abu Nasir said out of the total cancelled flights, 28 were MASwings, 16 were AirAsia and four were Malaysia Airlines Berhad.

He said the flights involved journeys to and from Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Bintulu, Miri and Kuching with 3,787 passengers affected by the cancellations.

“The airlines involved have made the decision to cancel their flights.

“We expect the operations at the Sibu Airport to return to normal by 8pm once work to remove the aircraft is completed,” he told reporters at a media conference here today.

The aircraft from Kuala Lumpur, carrying 61 passengers and six crew members, skidded upon landing during a downpour in the 10.17pm incident here last night.

A later Star Online report said the Sibu airport is only expected to resume normal operations by noon Monday.

As a result, all morning flights on Monday will be cancelled.

Zainuddin said the delay behind the reopening of the airport was due to repair works being carried out on the runway.

He said the runway had several holes that needed to be filled up.