Senai International Airport

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Senai International Airport

Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Senai 士乃国际机场
Senai International Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Malaysia
OperatorSenai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd
ServesJohor, Malaysia
LocationSenai, Kulai, Johor, Malaysia
Hub for
Time zoneMST (UTC+08:00)
Elevation AMSL127 ft / 39 m
Coordinates01°38′26″N 103°40′13″E / 1.64056°N 103.67028°E / 1.64056; 103.67028Coordinates: 01°38′26″N 103°40′13″E / 1.64056°N 103.67028°E / 1.64056; 103.67028
WMKJ is located in Peninsular Malaysia
Location in West Malaysia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 3,800 12,467 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passenger3,124,799 (Increase 10.5%)
Airfreight (tonnes)7,614 (Increase 21.9%)
Aircraft movements42,744 (Increase 2.0%)
Sources: AIP Malaysia[1][2]

Senai International Airport, formerly known as Sultan Ismail International Airport[3] (IATA: JHB, ICAO: WMKJ) (Malay: Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Senai; Jawi: لاڤڠن تربڠ انتارابڠسا سناي;Chinese: 士乃国际机场) is an international airport in the town of Senai, Kulai District, Johor, Malaysia. The airport is located approximately 32 km north-west of the Johor Bahru city centre. In 2017, Senai International Airport reached a total of 3,124,799 passengers and 7,614  tons of freight with a combination of 42,744 schedule and non-schedule commercial aircraft movements.[4] The airport is a hub for AirAsia.

Opened in 1974, it serves the state of Johor as well as people from the southern states of Peninsular Malaysia. Senai International Airport is the hub of AirAsia. It was a domestic hub of until the rationalisation of its domestic routes to cut the company's losses. After the rationalisation, Malaysia Airlines only served two destinations from Senai.

Today, the airport is managed by Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd, which took over the operations from (MAHB) in 2003.[2] Senai International Airport is capable to handle up to 3.5 million passengers and 80,000 tonnes of cargo per annum. There are plans to increase the capacity of the airport to 10 million passengers in the long term and turn the airport into a cargo hub. Recent expansions and upgrades include lengthening of the runway to 3800m and building a parallel taxiway to increase runway capacity.

Expansion and future plans[edit]

Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd, the operator of the airport announced a multi-billion ringgit (MYR) project called Airport City or Aeropolis. The project, on 1,133 hectares near Senai Airport, will comprise three main components – residential-commercial-hospitality amenities, an air cargo logistic centre and a high-tech park. The first component will cover 323 hectares while the other two will occupy 405 hectares each.[5]

On 26 May 2008, SATS announced a MYR 70 million plan to build an Aero Mall, a stand-alone and external airport mall. The mall will have a retail space of 10,000 square feet (930 m2). Due to be completed in the late 2009 / early 2010 time frame,[6] the Aero Mall was officially opened in July 2010.

On 8 July 2008, Kuwait's Al-Aqeelah announced a project to build an aviation academy near the airport. The project will cost around US$100 million.[7]

On 12 February 2009, the Hong Kong-based Plaza Premium Management Ltd opened its third Plaza Premium Lounge in Senai International Airport.[8] Since December 2009, the airport provides free WiFi service for all customers at the Main Terminal and Cargo Centre.[9]

Firefly announced on 22 February 2011 that Senai International Airport would be their fifth hub in Malaysia and operate with two fleets of Boeing 737-400.[10] The proposed routes included flights to Jakarta, Bandung and Surabaya, Indonesia (in third quarter) and Bangkok, Thailand (in fourth quarter).[11] Due to the share swapping between MAS and AirAsia, Firefly will be restructured and all of the jet routes were suspended in 2011.

In 2015, it was announced that Senai Airport will be the main hub for flymojo. The airline will transform the airport into a key regional aviation & logistics hub. It will also play a key role in developing Iskandar Malaysia. However, the airlines never started and their air operator's certificate (AOC) expired on 30 May 2016 without any extension sought by the airlines.[12]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


AirAsia Alor Setar, Bangkok–Don Mueang, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Ipoh, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuching, Langkawi, Miri, Penang, Sibu, Tawau
Firefly Kuala Lumpur–Subang
Indonesia AirAsia Surabaya
Jin Air Seoul–Incheon
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International
Seasonal: Jeddah, Medina
Malindo Air Haikou, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuala Lumpur–Subang
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang


MASkargo Kuala Lumpur–International, Tokyo-Narita[13]

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Annual passenger numbers and aircraft statistics[14][15]
% change
% change
% change
2009 1,316,082 Steady N/A Steady N/A Steady
2010 1,235,400 Decrease 6.1 6,239 Steady 11,934 Steady
2011 1,337,562 Increase 8.3 5,438 Decrease 12.8 15,167 Increase 27.1
2012 1,376,383 Increase 3.0 3,149 Decrease 42.1 12,506 Decrease 17.4
2013 1,989,979 Increase 44.6 3,443 Increase 9.3 37,998 Increase 203.8
2014 2,325,816 Increase 16.9 4,934 Increase 43.3 42,976 Increase 13.1
2015 2,581,966 Increase 11.1 5,272 Increase 6.9 41,892 Decrease 2.5
2016 2,828,074 Increase 12.1 6,245 Increase 18.0 42,744 Increase 2.0
2017 3,124,799 Increase 10.5 7,614 Increase 21.9 42,744 Increase 3.0
2018 3,520,000 Increase 13.0 N/A Steady N/A Steady
Busiest international flights out of Senai International Airport by frequency
Rank Destinations Frequency (Weekly) Airlines Note
1 Thailand Bangkok–Don Mueang, Thailand (DMK) 14 AK, FD
2 China Guangzhou, China 7 AK
3 Vietnam Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 7 AK
4 Korea Seoul, Korea 7 LJ
5 Indonesia Surabaya, Indonesia 5 QZ
6 Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia 3 AK
7 China Haikou, China 2 OD
8 Saudi Arabia Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Seasonal-Hajj MH
9 Saudi Arabia Medina, Saudi Arabia Seasonal-Hajj MH
Busiest domestic routes out of Senai International Airport by frequency
Rank Destinations Frequency (Weekly) Airlines
1 Selangor Subang, Selangor (SZB) 112 FY, OD
2 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) 98 AK, MH, OD
3 Penang Penang, Penang 58 AK, OD
4 Sarawak Kuching, Sarawak 32 AK
5 Sabah Kota Kinabalu, Sabah 22 AK
6 Perak Ipoh, Perak 18 AK, OD
7 Sarawak Sibu, Sarawak 17 AK
8 Kedah Langkawi, Kedah 8 AK
9 Sabah Tawau, Sabah 7 AK
10 Kedah Alor Star, Kedah 4 AK
11 Sarawak Miri, Sarawak 3 AK
Suspended & Terminated route from/to Senai International Airport
Rank Destinations Previous Airlines Code
1 Kelantan Kota Bharu, Kelantan Firefly FY
2 India Kolkata, India AirAsia AK
3 Korea Seoul, Korea Asiana Airlines OZ
4 China Shenzhen, China Spring Airlines 9C
5 China Guangzhou, China Sichuan Airlines 3U
6 Indonesia Medan-Kuala Namu, Indonesia Indonesia AirAsia QZ
7 Indonesia Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Indonesia Indonesia AirAsia QZ
8 Indonesia Palembang, Indonesia Indonesia AirAsia QZ
9 Indonesia Pontianak, Indonesia Xpress Air XN
10 Indonesia Yogyakarta, Indonesia Indonesia AirAsia AK
11 Indonesia Bandung, Indonesia AirAsia AK
12 Indonesia Mataram-Lombok, Indonesia AirAsia AK
13 Thailand Hat Yai, Thailand Thai AirAsia FD
14 Macau Macau, Macau AirAsia AK
15 China Sanya, China Malindo Air OD
16 Terengganu Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu AirAsia AK

Ground transport[edit]

Senai International Airport is connected with Senai Airport Highway. Taxis are available outside the airport. Buses to the city and Singapore are available.[16]

Causeway link provides the commuters to JB Sentral and Desaru Coast.


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  5. ^ Zazali Musa (22 May 2008). "Mega project in Iskandar Malaysia". The Star. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
  6. ^ Zazali Musa (27 May 2008). "SATS investing RM70m in Aero Mall". The Star. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
  7. ^ Roziana Hamsawi (9 August 2008). "Kuwait's Al-Aqeelah thinking big in Malaysia". Business Times. Archived from the original on 12 July 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2008.
  8. ^ Zazali Musa (13 February 2009). "Firm to open more lounges". The Star. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
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  12. ^ "Malaysian CSeries order in doubt as flymojo misses deadline". ch.aviation. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
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  14. ^ "Aviation Statistics" (PDF). Ministry of Transport. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  15. ^ Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd
  16. ^ "By Bus".

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