Brunei International Airport (BWN) has begun the partial operation of the new baggage handling and check-in systems at the new departure check-in hall, as part of the airport expansion and modernisation project.
With the partial opening of the new departure hall, selected sections of the existing departure check-in will be closed for renovation beginning late January. Passengers will be able to access restaurant, coffee shops and other amenities, which will continue to be operational for some time.
The Brunei International Airport modernisation project is expected to be fully completed at the end of 2014.
Aimed at improving the existing environment and appearance, the project is expected to enhance convenience to passengers and the public through the expansion of floor areas, the development of iconic structures and green features, as well as the installation of a much improved security system, baggage handling system and access control. The number of check-in and immigration counters will also be doubled.
It is envisaged that the overall look and feel of the airport will be ‘modernised’ with the introduction of an open concept of high ceiling space for the new departure and arrival halls as well as additional retail areas.
The expansion is expected to double the airport’s handling capacity from 1.5 million to 3 million passengers annually.
The modernised airport is also expected to boost Brunei Darussalam’s efforts to develop itself as a competitive air logistics hub in the region.