To fly back, I decided to buy my ticket to KL as it was the only option on Sunday with an afternoon or evening departure, since flights to JB don’t operate on Sundays and the flight to Singapore only departs once a day in the morning. I picked AirAsia AK5647 from Miri to Kuala Lumpur originally to connect with a bus from klia2, but with the promo fare which I bought separately to JB, it magically became a transit flight for me instead.
As there was almost nothing to do in Miri for me, I went to Miri Airport early to rest and charge my phone after lots of walking in the city.
The facade of Miri Airport from the car park.
I doubt the big sign works.
Heading into the terminal building.
The check-in area was just after the glass door from the driveway.
Heading to the AirAsia self check-in kiosks to get my boarding pass.
Printing out my boarding pass from the AirAsia self check-in kiosks.
My boarding pass for my AirAsia AK5647 flight from Miri to Kuala Lumpur. My onward boarding pass, however, could not be printed here.
Luckily, I had printed my boarding passes at home too, so as to save time from walking out to the departure hall at klia2 to print my boarding pass, and I can just change gates after arriving at klia2.
The overall ground floor of Miri Airport.
Heading up to departures.
2 hours to go for my flight.
Up at the departures level.
Heading in for security screening and outbound Sarawak immigration. Yes, despite being a “domestic” flight, immigration is conducted for exiting from Sarawak as it maintains an autonomy on immigration control. However, the flight will arrive in klia2 as a domestic flight.
The crowded waiting hall at Miri Airport with the KLIA delays.
There is just one food option in the transit area, which is Marrybrown. But I skipped this since I have a better chicken rice waiting for me later.
My boarding pass, stamped for exit by the Sarawak immigration officer.
Seems like my boarding pass will be torn since the stamp is on both portions of the boarding pass.
However, my passport itself is not stamped. I asked the immigration on this, and he said that this is to continue being allowed to stay in Malaysia on this domestic flight. The stamp on the passport is only if I get the non-stop Miri to Singapore flight.
To while the waiting time off with an almost-flat phone battery, I decided to rest at the Charging Station.
Each individual seat has 2 power sockets on each armrest.
Perhaps even too much power sockets for one person’s use.
The empty transit area after all flights have departed for the hour.
Heading to board my flight last.
Boarding was called on time.
Unfortunately, AirAsia pulled a Ryanair to have everyone pass the gate to the path before the aerobridge before the aircraft is actually ready for boarding, then closing the gate on time.
There is a wing which resembles the old KLIA LCCT, but no aircraft were using it.
My aircraft was parked at a proper gate.
Queuing to prepare to board the aircraft.
9M-AGW will be taking me from Miri to Kuala Lumpur.
Heading into Gate 3.
Heading down the aerobridge.
Goodbye Miri Airport.
Even the aerobridge has a commemoration plaque.
Heading to board the aircraft.
Heading down the aisle to my frontish seat. I had purchased a seat assignment on this flight as I had a tight connection to JB, so I wanted to be out as fast as possible at klia2.
The legroom available on board AirAsia’s Airbus A320neo.
For dinner, I pre-ordered Uncle Chin’s Chicken Rice in the spirit of flying out from Miri.
The Uncle Chin’s Chicken Rice tasted a little bit different than what I remembered it, but it still tasted good. A bit like The Chicken Rice Shop’s rice now though. There is also a new pack of soy sauce (?) provided in addition to the chilli sauce.
After the meal, the cabin was turned into night mode for passengers to get some rest.
Heading to the Airbus A320neo compact toilet in the rear.
Tissue is now provided on the bulkhead as there is no space for amenities at the sink area.
The thin sink area in the compact aft toilet.
Disembarking from the aircraft.
Heading up the aerobridge at Gate J17, the very last gate of Pier J.
Once in the terminal building, I wasted no time in trying to find the departure screen to find out where my connecting flight to JB was departing from.
Looks like my next connecting flight to JB is at Gate J9, just a few gates away. Phew.
Overall, another great on time flight with AirAsia, and really great for making it right on time for my tight connection to JB.