Old Miri Airport Tower & Terminal (Decommissioned)
Miri Airport Terminal & tower, post 1972.
A Malaysia–Singapore Airlines (MSA) Fokker F27 at Miri Airport. This photo definitely dates within 1966 to 1972, as MSA only existed during that time period.
The Miri Airport was planned and built in the early 1970s, where a demand for a more modern and longer runway was needed to accommodate Fokker F27s and the Boeing 737s for a booming commercial aviation as commercial flying became a more affordable way to travel. The runway at the Lutong airstrip was not expandable - being that it is physically limited by the length of the peninsula landmass between the Miri River and South China Sea, and the present site of the airport where there is plenty of land for expansion was selected for the Miri Airport, where it is in use up until today.
The dilapidated terminal & tower building, in 1993. Photo courtesy of Simon
As with most buildings of the 60s and 70s the old airport was not air-conditioned, and had a relatively small terminal meant for Fokker F27 flights. Eventually as Boeing and upgraded Fokker F50 flights became more common, a new terminal was needed to accommodate them, so a newer, larger, two-story terminal was built a bit further south down the runway in the early 1980s, which itself was demolished for a third upgraded terminal by the turn of the millenium. The old terminal/tower functioned to handle other tasks for a while before it was abandoned and torn down. Today, hangars to house helicopters for offshore and flying doctor flights are built on the site of the old tower and terminal building.
Its original runway had been extended several times since then as modernization and improvements are added.