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Some ordinary traffic at TWU. But still, it is busy as usual for such a small airport. :acute:

Photo credit to my friend.

 

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The MASWings ATR72s are mainly traffic from BKI, SDK and Tarakan, Indonesia.

 

While AK traffic from BKI and KUL

 

MAS traffic from KUL and BKI

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Was arriving at TWU yesterday evening. To my surprise the traffic was extremely busy with aircraft struggling with parking bay. Here are some photos of the traffic movement yesterday. Enjoy!

 

We were waiting at taxiway for parking bay.

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Cleared to disembark in front of Gate 2. Arrival of the RMAF A400M after 5 mins.

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Another AK pushed back for departure (and to give way to another AK which was waiting at taxiway).

A320 and A400M, we are happy Airbus family :drinks:

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No more parking bay with the arrival of Maswings ATR72. SabahAir and a Bombardier are on the left.

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TWU needs some serious upgrades especially during peak hours as it can be extremely crowded with this tiny, small size airport.

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Edited by Ellist

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Is it because AK refuse to pay for the aerobridges? I noticed from your pics the aerobridge gates are empty. Strange considering in Kota Bharu, AK uses aerobridge all the time, I think its due to high ATR traffic by FY and OD.

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Is it because AK refuse to pay for the aerobridges? I noticed from your pics the aerobridge gates are empty. Strange considering in Kota Bharu, AK uses aerobridge all the time, I think its due to high ATR traffic by FY and OD.

AK usually doesn't utilize the aerobridges in TWU except in some rare conditions eg. heavy downpour, not sure if this is still true. Maybe it is due to cost.

 

Is that a sick AK 320 in the middle?

Not sure though, I was tracking on flightradar and noticed that there was an AK flight bound for BKI had been delayed for more than 6 hours, from scheduled departure 17.30 , to actual departure time 00.30.

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I believe it is rare to have more than 2 AK a320s in TWU at one given time. Maybe its an execeptional situation where an aircraft is having a problem thus the 6hrs delay.

Anyways I miss TWU, my hometown. Thx for the pics.

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Possible that one is from KUL and one from BKI. Then the ATR from SDK. I think there is also a permanent Sikorsky "Nuri" there. Only C130/A400 not scheduled by quite regular these days.

 

AK6266 from BKI arrives 1320

AK5746 from KUL arrives 1335

MH2137 from BKI arrives 1345

 

So can be congested at times, not help by the slow immigration/security check.

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It is but TWU is more than capable to handle it. Compare to KBR with smaller arrival hall. Sometimes Malindo/FY ATR can arrive at the same time on top of AK A320 and MH 738. To make it even worse on some cases of delays, 2 OD ATR can arrive and depart within 2 minutes of each other.

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Was in Tawau last week for GE14. Here are the traffic on that day-

 

Three MHs 738 at the same time. AK A320 was on final in the background.

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Two Maswings on the taxiway ready for departure.

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Inside the terminal

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US Navy P-8 Poseidon is in Tawau today. On the other hand, for some reason the Maswings ATR72 has been grounded for a week.

 

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thanks for the update there Ellist~ thats mean there is at least 2 ATR grounded, 1 in KK MWF, and another in TWU MWA...

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Happy Chinese New Year!

RB has been sending down their brand new A320neo instead of the usual ATR72 for the BWN-TWU route

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6 hours ago, S V Choong said:

What is the load like for BWN-TWU route?

Not too sure, some said it was a chartered flight during CNY, but the TWU airport manager told the local chinese paper that the equipment was upgraded to cater the surge of the passengers flying into TWU.

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On 1/30/2020 at 2:22 AM, Ellist said:

Not too sure, some said it was a chartered flight during CNY, but the TWU airport manager told the local chinese paper that the equipment was upgraded to cater the surge of the passengers flying into TWU.

Probably Tawau's only International flight.  What about the Tawau-Tarakan flight, does it still exist?

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On 1/31/2020 at 10:16 PM, S V Choong said:

Probably Tawau's only International flight.  What about the Tawau-Tarakan flight, does it still exist?

Still exists, 3x weekly. 😊

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