Malacca International Airport

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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 & Northern Johor, Peninsular Malaysia
Location Batu Berendam, Malacca, Peninsular Malaysia
Hub for Melaka Air

Sky Aviation Oxysky Flight Support

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 (2012)
Passengers 34,355
Passenger change 11–12 Increase61.1%
Aircraft movements 48,881
Movements change 11–12 Decrease9.0%
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.

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]

Currently, the airport services Sky Aviation which operates flights from Pekanbaru 5 times per week by Sky Aviation from Pekan Baru.[4] Malacca has become a popular destination for health care and medical tourism from Indonesia, particularly Sumatera. This has greatly increased the passenger influx through the airport, with all three private hospitals in the city operating regular free shuttle-bus services to and from the airport.

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

Malacca International Airport (recognized by Malacca state government)[edit]

New terminal entrance

The airport had an earth breaking ceremony on 1 April 2006, and is currently undergoing an upgrade, due to be completed by 29 April 2009. The runway is being 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 is being replaced by a new 7,000 m2 (75,000 sq ft) terminal equipped with international-standard amenities. The control tower is being replaced and complemented with advanced aeronautical devices. Both ends of the runway will contain facilities to guide night landing and better assure safety in bad weather conditions.

In March 2009, Mohd Ali Rustam announced that the runway extension will be completed by October 2009 after a loan of RM65 million was approved by the Federal Government.[5][6]

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.

Currently the only airport Ground Handling Services provided by Oxysky Flight Support located at the Terminal Building serving the corporate, private jet and also Airlines. Operating under Oxysky Group, Oxysky Flight Support (+603-55699500) also serving as the air ticket sale for Sky Aviation, aircraft charter as well other aviation assistance at the airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Annual passenger numbers and aircraft statistics[7]
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
View down the length of the whole terminal entrance

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Busiest routes out of Malacca International Airport by frequency