Limbang Airport is six kilometres from the town of the same name in Malaysia. It is very close to the Brunei border and is often visited by Bruneians at the weekends. The airport has a handling capacity of up to 250,000 passengers per year and in 2012 57,852 passengers passed through the airport and there were 1,880 aircraft movements.
The airport is also used by private turboprop aircraft as well as Medevac and helicopters flying in and out of the logging camps.
Like many airports in Malaysia Limbang is publicly owned by the Malaysian Government and operated by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.
It was the British Army that built the original Limbang Short Take Off and Landing airstrip in 1963 so it could be used for the confrontations between Indonesia and Malaysia.
This airstrip was only about three kilometres from the town of Limbang and when the International Civil Aviation Organisation became involved it was decided that the airport did not meet safety standards. The surrounding high ground, plus lots of trees and tall vegetation was making it unsafe for civilian aircraft to operate safely from there so a study was made regarding a new airport.
The study was started in 1978 and construction began in the new millennium and was completed very quickly. It was only four years later in April 2004 that the airport was opened and civilian aircraft could land safely.
The new 1500 (4,922 feet) runway can now accept Fokker 50 and de Havilland Canada DH-& Twin Otter aircraft.
The smart terminal at Limbang has everything you need including a restaurant for meals and drinks while you are waiting for your flight.
Flights and Destinations
MasWings – Miri, Lawas
Taxi fare between the airport and town is around RM15 and only takes a few minutes. Road access is good and you can park right outside the terminal building.