Malacca International Airport

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Malacca International Airport
Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Melaka
New Malacca Airport.jpg
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Plan of the layout of the new Terminal
IATA: MKZICAO: WMKM
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Malaysia
Operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
Serves Malacca, Peninsular Malaysia
Location Batu Berendam, Malacca, Peninsular Malaysia
Time zone MST (UTC+08:00)
Elevation AMSL 40 ft / 12 m
Coordinates 02°15′47″N 102°15′09″E / 2.26306°N 102.25250°E / 2.26306; 102.25250Coordinates: 02°15′47″N 102°15′09″E / 2.26306°N 102.25250°E / 2.26306; 102.25250
Map
WMKM is located in Peninsular Malaysia
WMKM
WMKM
Location in West Malaysia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,135 7,005 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 21,637
Passenger change 12–13 Decrease37.0%
Aircraft movements 36,978
Movements change 12–13 Decrease24.4%
Source: official web site[1]
AIP Malaysia[2]

Malacca International Airport (IATA: MKZICAO: WMKM) (formerly known as Batu Berendam Airport is an airport located in Batu Berendam, Malacca in Malaysia. The Airport serves the city and the state of Malacca, as well as northern Johor.

History[edit]

The airport, which occupies 141 acres (0.57 km2) of land, was built in 1952.

The airport and particularly its control tower bears historical significance as it was the same tower which guided the plane of Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, to land from London on 20 February 1956. It was in Malacca that Tunku announced the date for the independence of then Malaya from the United Kingdom. Considering the historical nature of this control tower, the Chief Minister of Malacca, Mohd Ali Rustam is attempting to save the tower, by either relocating it, or by changing plans to incorporate the tower.[3]

Between 2008 and 2014, the airport was served by Sky Aviation which operated flights from Pekanbaru 5 times per week.[4] Flights ceased in 2014 when Sky Aviation suspended all operations.

The airport is also used as the base of the Malaysian Flying Academy (MFA), which has been operating out of the airport since 1987.

New terminal entrance

New terminal[edit]

Construction of a new terminal started on 1 April 2006. The runway was upgraded from 1,372 m × 37 m (4,501 ft × 121 ft), to 2,045 m × 45 m (6,709 ft × 148 ft) and is now 2,135 m × 45 m (7,005 ft × 148 ft), allowing Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft to take off. The terminal complex was replaced by a new 7,000 m2 (75,000 sq ft) terminal equipped with international-standard amenities. The control tower was replaced and complemented with advanced aeronautical devices. Both ends of the runway now contain facilities to guide night landing and better assure safety in bad weather conditions.

On May 2009, the new terminal was officially opened. The new terminal could handle 1.5 million passengers annually as opposed to the 30,000 of the old terminal. The airport was visited by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on February 2010. In his visit, he officially renamed the airport Malacca International Airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Malindo Air Kota Bharu, Pekanbaru, Penang

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Annual passenger numbers and aircraft statistics[5]
Year
Passengers
handled
Passenger
% change
Cargo
(tonnes)
Cargo
% change
Aircraft
movements
Aircraft
% change
2003 31,108 Steady 214 Steady 57,636 Steady
2004 46,692 Increase 50.1 602 Increase 181.3 70,369 Increase 22.1
2005 27,683 Decrease 40.7 370 Decrease 38.5 77,504 Increase 10.1
2006 18,509 Decrease 33.1 146 Decrease 60.5 74,888 Decrease 3.4
2007 27,209 Increase 47.0 219 Increase 50.0 64,936 Decrease 13.3
2008 23,751 Decrease 12.7 179 Decrease 18.3 60,512 Decrease 6.8
2009 18,576 Decrease 21.8 127 Decrease 29.0 54,160 Decrease 10.5
2010 21,687 Increase 16.7 144 Increase 13.4 60,811 Increase 12.3
2011 21,322 Decrease 1.7 139 Decrease 3.5 53,702 Decrease 11.7
2012 34,355 Increase 61.1 195 Increase 40.3 48,881 Decrease 9.0
2013 21,637 Decrease 37.0 0 Decrease 100 36,978 Decrease 24.4
View down the length of the whole terminal entrance

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Malacca International Airport at Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
  2. ^ WMKM – MALACCA at Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia
  3. ^ "Malacca CM in bid to save airport tower", The Star, 30 August 2007
  4. ^ "Air Asia di Melaka", "Mohd Ali Rustam's blog", 28 August 2008
  5. ^ "MAHB Annual Report 2012". MAHB. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 

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