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HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday morning ordered relevant agencies to renovate the Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) Ground Services and Cabin Crew Administration room at the Brunei International Airport immediately.
During a visit to the newly renovated airport, the monarch told officials he would visit the airport again in six months’ time to see the revamped RB Ground Services and Cabin Crew Administration room. Most of the facilities visited by the monarch were upgraded, except for RB’s Ground Services and Cabin Crew Administration room located on the first floor of the main terminal building.
His Majesty told The Brunei Times he was “very happy and everything was good, except for the Ground Services and Cabin Crew Administration room which is not quite ready’’.
When asked how authorities will look into the matter, Minister of Communications Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar said while that room is adequate, they still need to improve it for congenial, safety and even operational efficiency.
“His Majesty said he is going to come back in six months to see it. So, before six months it must be (completed),’’ the minister said.
YB Pehin Dato Hj Abdullah explained that RB is a long-term tenant at the airport, and the government will look into providing a win-win situation for both parties.
RB Deputy Chairman Dermot Mannion told journalists all of the passenger areas of the building are now completed at the departures and arrivals.
However, he said there are some offices in different areas that have yet to be completed.
“We are working on that now and that will be completed within the next couple of months,’’ Mannion said.
Following His Majesty’s visit, the minister said their priority is to always think of passengers’ comfort, safety and security, and to improve upon it.
“These sort of details do not escape His Majesty’s scrutiny. I am sure after this (visit), we will be going again with all the agencies concerned to see what His Majesty’s titah is on this,’’ he said.
His Majesty’s visit began at the Brunei International Airport Surau, where he also performed prayers.
The monarch then toured the airport’s departure hall.
Before passing the immigration checkpoint, the Sultan took a closer look at the X-ray screening machines and biometric lane.
After flying RB’s Dreamliner 787 for about an hour, His Majesty continued touring other facilities including the Baggage Handling System Control Room at the cargo area, arrival hall and X-ray screening at the customs checkpoint.
According to a previous report in January, the final phase of the airport’s $130 million modernisation project is expected to be completed this year.
The new facilities will increase the airport’s floor space by an additional 18,000 sqm, and is expected to double the current annual passenger capacity from 1.5 million to three million.
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