Melaka International Airport

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Melaka International Airport
Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Melaka
New Malacca Airport.jpg
NewMKZplan.JPG
Plan of the layout of the new Terminal
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Malaysia
Operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
Serves Melaka, Malaysia
Location Batu Berendam, Melaka, 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 (2016)
Passenger 58,703 (Decrease 15.8%)
Airfreight (tonnes) Steady
Aircraft movements 1,294 (Decrease 93.5%)
Source: official web site[1]
AIP Malaysia[2]

Melaka International Airport (IATA: MKZICAO: WMKM) (formerly known as Batu Berendam Airport is an airport located in Batu Berendam, Melaka, Malaysia. The Airport serves the state of Melaka, as well as northern Johor. The 7,000 m2 (75,000 sq ft) terminal complex is equipped with international-standard amenities that can handle 1.5 million passengers annually. The airport's 2135m runway allow Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 operations.

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 Melaka 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 Melaka, 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 state government is also discussing with Firefly and AirAsia to serve various routes via the Malacca Airport”.[5]

Malaysia's hybrid airline, Malindo Air, has launched its four-weekly flights from the Melaka International Airport, Batu Berendam here to Penang and Pekanbaru, Indonesia on 4 November 2014.

In 2016, Indonesia's hybrid airline, XpressAir has launched its four-weekly flights from the Melaka International Airport here to Pekanbaru, Indonesia on 29 April 2016. China Southern Airlines launched inaugural charter flight from Melaka International Airport here to Guangzhou, China on 29 September 2016. By the end of 2016, China Southern Airlines stopped its charter flights to Melaka.

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

AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said he had discussed with Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in Putrajaya on 29 June 2016 for the potential of turning the Melaka International Airport into a Low-cost terminal. Tony said AirAsia want to use the Melaka airport but still haven’t been able to get MAHB to open the (Melaka) airport to AirAsia.[6]

AirAsia CEO Aireen Omar had visited to CM Melaka Idris Haron on 17 July 2017 and they have further discussion regarding operation of AirAsia in Melaka International Airport. CM Melaka hope that AirAsia can start operating in Melaka International Airport lately by November 2017. Flying routes from/to Melaka International Airport will be announce soon by AirAsia.[7]

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.

In 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 in February 2010. In his visit, he officially renamed the airport Malacca International Airport.

Facilities[edit]

APR-Aerospace Engineering has built a hangar in Melaka International Airport which can accommodate Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 for Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, Aircraft modification and retrofits, Aircraft technical handling and ground support services, Aircraft spare support and pooling, Technical training on aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul and Structured On-the-Job Training for APR-ATC's TAME program. The hangar was completed in April 2016.

The major facilities that are found in this airport include taxi services, gift shops, cafe, duty-free outlets, conference rooms, multi-purpose meeting and event centre, wheelchair service, staff assistance and free WiFi internet access.

Melaka International Airport is one of the seven airports in Malaysia that provide e-Visa facilities for Chinese tourists from September 2016 onwards.

Expansion and Developments[edit]

In August 2015, Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announce that federal government is mulling a proposal to expand the Melaka International Airport, particularly in conjunction with the recent Cabinet endorsement of the southern state’s “twin state” status with China’s Guangdong city. Melaka International Airport will upgrade its runway, apron, aerobridge and taxiway.

In October 2016, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Melaka International Airport in Batu Berendam here may be relocated to accommodate larger aircraft like the Boeing 777. Liow said a decision will be reached by end of 2016 whether to move the airport to another location or remain at its present site based on the recommendation from an aviation consultant.[8]

In 30 January 2017, State Transport, Project Rehabilitation and International Trade Committee chairman Datuk Lim Ban Hong said the runway of MIA will be extended to 2,500m following the decision by the Federal Government to extend the runway in a bid to accommodate larger aircraft without the need for land acquisitions while the work is expected to be completed in a short span of time. Expansion of Melaka International Airport will be completed in 2019.

In 27 November 2017, CM Melaka Idris Haron said Melaka International Airport is expected to upgrade next year (2018) with upgrade cost of RM74million (Under RM ke-11). The runway will upgrade from 2135m to 2665m and will build the taxiway and expand the apron as well.

Airlines and Destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Malindo Air Pekanbaru, Penang
XpressAir Pekanbaru

Traffic and Statistics[edit]

Annual passenger numbers and aircraft statistics
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
2014 14,178 Decrease 34.5 0 Steady 23,747 Decrease 35.8
2015 69,710 Increase 391.7 0 Steady 19,800 Decrease 16.6
2016 58,703 Decrease 15.8 0 Steady 1,294 Decrease 93.5
Source: Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad[9]
View down the length of the whole terminal entrance

Ground Transportation[edit]

Airport taxi[edit]

This is the easiest way to get in and out of the airport. There is a taxi booth inside the terminal building, so arriving passengers can directly go to the booth and get on the taxi right away.

Bus[edit]

Mahkota Medical Centre, Putra Hospital and Pantai Hospital provide free shuttle services on a daily basis from Melaka International Airport to their Hospital respectively.

See also[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Busiest Flights Out of Malacca International Airport by Weekly Frequency February 2017
Rank Destinations Frequency (Weekly) Airlines Routes
1 Indonesia Pekanbaru, Indonesia 10 OD, XN International
2  Penang 7 OD Domestic

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