Penang International Airport

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Penang International Airport
Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang
Cmglee Penang airport 2012 terminal.jpg
Passenger terminal after 2012 upgrade
IATA: PENICAO: WMKP
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Malaysia
Operator [[Malaysia Airports H

oldings Berhad]]

Serves Penang, Malaysia
Location Bayan Lepas, Penang, West Malaysia
Hub for
Time zone MST (UTC+08:00)
Elevation AMSL 11 ft / 3 m
Coordinates 05°17′50″N 100°16′36″E / 5.29722°N 100.27667°E / 5.29722; 100.27667Coordinates: 05°17′50″N 100°16′36″E / 5.29722°N 100.27667°E / 5.29722; 100.27667
Map
PEN/WMKP is located in Peninsular Malaysia
PEN/WMKP
PEN/WMKP
Location in Peninsular Malaysia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,352 10,997 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 5,487,751
Passenger change 12–13 Increase 15.1%
Aircraft movements 60,020
Movements change 12–13 Increase 11.6%
Source: official web site[1]
AIP Malaysia[2]

Penang International Airport (IATA: PENICAO: WMKP), previously known as Bayan Lepas International Airport, is situated in the Bayan Lepas area that at southeast of Penang Island, Malaysia. The airport is located 14 km (8.7 mi)[2] away from George Town, the capital city of Penang.

Penang International Airport is a medium-sized airport with good connections to major cities in South East Asia. The airport serves as the main airport for the northern region of Malaysia. Passengers arriving or departing from the north will have a view of George Town, Butterworth and the Penang Bridge. Waiting times for check-in and baggage claims are relatively short compared to other larger regional airports. The airport is not crowded and basic facilities are available for users.

In 2013, over 5.48 million passengers used Penang International Airport. 60,020 aircraft movements were registered.[1] Penang International Airport is the third busiest airport in the country, right after Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport, and second busiest in terms of international passenger and cargo traffic after Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The airport is the hub of two low-cost carriers, namely Firefly and AirAsia.[3]

Penang International Airport won the Best Emerging Airport (Asia) award in the 23rd annual Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards 2009 (AFSCA) and Airport of the Year (below 15 million passenger annually) in the 2009 Frost and Sullivan Asia Pacific Aerospace and Defence Awards.

Facilities[edit]

There are ongoing discussions between airport operator, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), Ministry of Transportation, and Asia's largest low cost carrier, AirAsia about setting up Malaysia's third low cost carrier terminal at the airport.[4] In October 2008, Firefly was urged by the Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng to build a budget terminal, termed "community terminal" to better cater for the needs of budget travellers. He also called on the Federal Government and MAHB to consider renovating the current airport terminal to higher standards.[5]

Reports in newspapers recently suggest that the new low-cost carrier terminal is approaching final stages. A parcel of land (36 hectares) has been reserved by Penang state government for the purpose. In NCER economic region, there is a proposal to build a new bigger and modern passenger and cargo terminal. An additional runway is also planned to cater increasing air traffic.[6]

In the Mini-budget announced by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who is also the Finance Minister, on 10 March 2009, RM250 million has been allocated for the expansion of the airport.[7][8]

Passenger check-in counters

Airlines and destinations[edit]

A Firefly ATR72-500 departing Penang
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 747-400 arriving in Penang International Airport
A China Airlines Airbus A340-300 taxiing in Penang International Airport
Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Langkawi, Medan, Miri, Singapore
China Airlines Taipei-Taoyuan
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou
Dragonair Hong Kong
Firefly Banda Aceh, Koh Samui, Kota Bharu, Krabi (begins 15 September 2014),[9] Kuantan, Langkawi, Medan, Phuket, Subang
Hong Kong Express Airways Hong Kong
Indonesia AirAsia Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Medan, Surabaya
Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore
Lion Air Medan
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur
Malindo Air Johor Bahru,Kota Bharu, Krabi (begins 12 September 2014),[10] Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Subang
SilkAir Singapore
Sriwijaya Air Medan
Thai AirAsia Bangkok-Don Mueang
Thai Airways International Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Tigerair Singapore

Cargo Terminal[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Hong Kong Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City
Asiana Cargo Seoul-Incheon
Cathay Pacific Cargo Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Singapore
China Airlines Cargo Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, Taipei-Taoyuan
EVA Air Cargo Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei-Taoyuan[11]
FedEx Express Guangzhou
Korean Air Cargo Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Manila, Seoul-Incheon
MASkargo Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai-Pudong, Tokyo-Narita

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Annual passenger numbers and aircraft statistics[12]
Year
Passengers
handled
Passenger
% change
Cargo
(tonnes)
Cargo
% change
Aircraft
movements
Aircraft
% change
2003 2,334,669 Steady 197,567 Steady 30,558 Steady
2004 2,987,993 Increase 28.0 212,369 Increase 7.5 33,069 Increase 8.2
2005 2,834,545 Decrease 5.1 221,971 Increase 4.5 34,616 Increase 4.7
2006 3,103,772 Increase 9.5 225,952 Increase 1.8 36,259 Increase 4.7
2007 3,173,117 Increase 2.2 208,582 Decrease 7.7 39,265 Increase 8.3
2008 3,405,762 Increase 7.3 192,936 Decrease 7.5 43,796 Increase 11.5
2009 3,325,423 Decrease 2.4 137,775 Decrease 28.6 43,621 Decrease 0.4
2010 4,166,969 Increase 25.3 147,057 Increase 6.7 50,205 Increase 15.1
2011 4,600,274 Increase 10.4 131,846 Decrease 10.3 54,713 Increase 9.0
2012 4,767,815 Increase 3.6 123,246 Decrease 6.5 53,766 Decrease 1.7
2013 5,487,751 Increase 15.1 153,703 Increase 24.7 60,020 Increase 11.6
Q1 2014[13] 1,434,763 Increase 18.3 TBA Steady TBA Steady

Statistics[edit]

Ground transportation[edit]

There are 3 different buses routes that air passengers could board to reach to different parts of the island listed below. 102 is a route to Teluk Bahang, that passes through popular destinations like Gurney Drive and Batu Ferringhi from the Airport. Bus 306 links the airport to the Penang General Hospital through Air Itam, that is relatively near to tourists destination like Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si from a 204 interchange and 401E is the express bus connects the airport to George Town, the state capital and Balik Pulau. Tourists can also opt to buy a weekly unlimited travel pass of MYR 30 at various locations mainly at the Rapid Penang kiosks at airport itself, KOMTAR Bus Terminal, Weld Quay Terminal, Penang Visitor Centre at the Whiteaways Arcade Beach Street, Queensbay Mall, Hard Rock Cafe, Flamingo Hotel and Rainbow Paradise Hotel.

Route No. Origin Via 'Destinations Served
102 Teluk Bahang To Penang International Airport : Teluk Bahang Bus Hub – Jalan Teluk Bahang – Jalan Batu Feringghi – Jalan Tanjung Bunga – Jalan Tanjung Tokong – Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang – Jalan Tanjung Tokong – Jalan Bagan Jermal – Jalan Burma – Jalan Pangkor – Jalan Perak – Jalan Macalister – Jalan Penang – Jalan Dr. Lim Chwee Leong – Jalan Ria – KOMTAR Bus Terminal (Lane 5) – Jalan Magazine – Jalan Dato Keramat – Jalan Air Hitam – Jalan Masjid Negeri – Udini Roundabout – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah – Bulatan Bayan Baru – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah – Penang International Airport

To Teluk Bahang : Penang International Airport – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah – Bulatan Bayan Baru – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah – Sungai Nibong Express Bus Terminal – Jalan Sungai Dua – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah – Jalan Masjid Negeri – Jalan Air Hitam – Jalan Dato Keramat – Jalan Penang – Jalan Dr. Lim Chwee Leong – Jalan Ria – KOMTAR Bus Terminal (Lane 1) – Jalan Macalister – Jalan Anson – Jalan Perak – Jalan Macalister – Lebuhraya Peel – Jalan Perak – Jalan Pangkor – Jalan Kelawai – Jalan Tanjung Tokong – Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang – Jalan Tanjung Tokong – Jalan Tanjung Bungah – Jalan Batu Feringghi – Jalan Teluk Bahang – Jalan Hassan Abbas,U-Turn – Jalan Teluk Bahang – Teluk Bahang Bus Hub

Penang International Airport via KOMTAR Bus Terminal (60–80 mins frequency)
306 Penang International Airport To General Hospital : Penang International Airport – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah – Jalan Tengah – Jalan Mayang Pasir – Jalan Mahsuri – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah – Bayan Baru Roundabout – Jalan Tun Dr. Awang – Persiaran Bayan Indah – Persiaran Bayan Baru – Jalan Tun Dr. Awang – Bayan Baru Roundabout – Jalan Tun Dr. Awang – Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim – Jalan Paya Terubung – Tingkat Paya Terubung 4 – Tingkat Paya Terubung 2 – Tingkat Paya Terubung 1 – Jalan Paya Terubung – Lebuhraya Thean Tek – Lintang Angsana – Farlim Bus Hub – Lintang Angsana – Jalan Thean Tek – Jalan Air Hitam – Jalan Scotland – Jalan Utama – Jalan Macalister – Jalan Residensi – General Hospital Penang

To Penang International Airport : General Hospital Penang – Jalan Residensi – Jalan Utama – Jalan Scotland – Jalan Air Hitam – Jalan Thean Tek – Jalan Angsana – Lintang Angsana – Farlim Bus Hub – Lintang Angsana – Lebuhraya Thean Tek – Jalan Paya Terubung – Tingkat Paya Terubung 4 – Tingkat Paya Terubung 2 – Tingkat Paya Terubung 1 – Jalan Paya Terubung – Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim – Jalan Tun Dr. Awang – Bukit Jambul Complex Bus Hub – Jalan Tun Dr. Awang – Bayan Baru Roundabout – Jalan Tun Dr. Awang – Persiaran Bayan Indah – Persiaran Bayan Baru – Jalan Tun Dr. Awang – Bayan Baru Roundabout – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah – Jalan Mahsuri – Jalan Mayang Pasir – Jalan Tengah – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah – Penang International Airport

General Hospital via Farlim Bus Hub (45-60 mins frequency)
401E Weld Quay (Jetty) To Balik Pulau : Weld Quay Bus Terminal 1 – Pengkalan Weld – Gat Jalan Magazine – Jalan Magazine – Lebuh Lintang – Jalan Dr. Lim Chwee Leong – Jalan Ria – KOMTAR Bus Terminal (Lane 5) – Jalan Ria – Jalan Magazine – Jalan Penang – Jalan Dr. Lim Chwee Leong – Gat Jalan Prangin – Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu Expressway – Persiaran Bayan Indah – Persiaran Bayan Baru – Jalan Tun Dr. Awang – Bayan Baru Roundabout – Jalan Tun Dr. Awang – Jalan Mahsuri – Jalan Mayang Pasir – Jalan Tengah – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah – Penang International Airport – Jalan Bayan Lepas – Jalan Teluk Kumbar – Jalan Balik Pulau – Jalan Sungai Nipah – Pekan Genting Bus Hub – Jalan Balik Pulau – Jalan Tun Sardon – Balik Pulau Bus Depot/Terminal

To Weld Quay : Balik Pulau Bus Depot/Terminal – Jalan Tun Sardon – Jalan Balik Pulau – Jalan Sungai Nipah – Pekan Genting Bus Hub – Jalan Balik Pulau – Jalan Teluk Kumbar – Jalan Bayan Lepas – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah,U-Turn – Penang International Airport – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah – Jalan Tengah – Jalan Mayang Pasir – Jalan Mahsuri – Jalan Tun Dr. Awang – Hub Bus Bukit Jambul – Jalan Tun Dr. Awang – Bulatan Bayan Baru – Jalan Tun Dr. Awang – Persiaran Bayan Indah – Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu Expressway – Gat Jalan Magazine – Jalan Magazine – Lebuh Lintang – Jalan Dr. Lim Chwee Leong – Gat Jalan Prangin – Pengkalan Weld – Pesara King Edward – Pengkalan Weld – Weld Quay Bus Terminal 1

Balik Pulau via Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu Expressway (25-35 mins frequency – free WiFi on board)

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