Langkawi International Airport

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Langkawi International Airport
Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Langkawi
Langkawi airport.png
IATA: LGKICAO: WMKL
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Malaysia
Operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
Serves Langkawi, Kedah, West Malaysia
Location Langkawi Island, Kedah, West Malaysia
Time zone MST (UTC+08:00)
Coordinates 06°20′00″N 099°44′00″E / 6.33333°N 99.73333°E / 6.33333; 99.73333Coordinates: 06°20′00″N 099°44′00″E / 6.33333°N 99.73333°E / 6.33333; 99.73333
Map
WMKL is located in Peninsular Malaysia
WMKL
WMKL
Location in West Malaysia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,810 12,500 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 1,946,440
Passenger change 12–13 Increase22.1%
Aircraft movements 29,309
Movements change 12–13 Decrease11.3%
Source: official web site[1]
AIP Malaysia[2]

Langkawi International Airport (IATA: LGKICAO: WMKL), is an airport situated on the duty-free island of Langkawi in the state of Kedah in Malaysia. The airport is located at Padang Matsirat and is about 25 minutes of driving from the town centre, Kuah. Flights from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to the airport take about an hour.

The Langkawi International Airport is a tourist attraction because it serves as a venue for the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition or LIMA which is an international aerospace event for aviation industry and aero performances for the public.

In 2009, the airport handled 1,539,271 passengers and 39,815 aircraft movements.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur, Kuching (ends 4 August 2014), Penang, Singapore
Firefly Kuala Lumpur-Subang, Penang
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur
Malindo Air Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur-Subang, Penang
SilkAir Singapore
Tigerair Singapore

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Annual passenger numbers and aircraft statistics[4]
Year
Passengers
handled
Passenger
% change
Cargo
(tonnes)
Cargo
% change
Aircraft
movements
Aircraft
% change
2003 726,817 Steady 287 Steady 8,931 Steady
2004 845,276 Increase 16.3 325 Increase 13.2 8,711 Decrease 2.5
2005 830,334 Decrease 1.8 449 Increase 38.1 8,964 Increase 2.9
2006 934,024 Increase 12.5 487 Increase 8.5 27,622 Increase 208.1
2007 1,122,911 Increase 20.2 524 Increase 7.6 43,234 Increase 56.5
2008 1,196,956 Increase 6.6 589 Increase 12.4 41,837 Decrease 3.2
2009 1,359,271 Increase 13.6 572 Decrease 2.9 39,815 Decrease 4.8
2010 1,374,729 Increase 1.1 434 Decrease 24.1 33,064 Decrease 17.0
2011 1,504,697 Increase 9.4 646 Increase 48.8 31,482 Decrease 4.8
2012 1,594,106 Increase 5.9 754 Increase 16.7 33,056 Increase 5.0
2013 1,946,440 Increase 22.1 630 Decrease 16.4 29,309 Decrease 11.3
Q1 2014[5] 573,830 Increase 34.2 TBA Steady TBA Steady

Statistics[edit]

Busiest flights Out of Langkawi International Airport by Frequency
Rank Destinations Frequency (Weekly)
1 Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) 50
2 Penang 28
3 Selangor, Subang (SZB) 14
4 Singapore 8

Accidents and incidents[edit]

An accident occurred on 2 December 2007, during the LIMA 2007 air show which caused three paratroopers to plunge into the sea and then drown. They were involved in a rehearsal for a mock exercise to retake the airport from terrorists.[6]

It has been suggested by Chris Goodfellow in an article in Wired that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may have been attempting to head towards Langkawi airport after a fire broke out and hence made the sharp left turn. [7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=443585

External links[edit]