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 and Perlis
Location Langkawi Island, Kedah, West Malaysia
Hub for
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 (2014)
Passenger 2,221,997 (Increase 14.2%)
Airfreight (tonnes) 567 (Decrease 10.1%)
Aircraft movements 28,694 (Decrease 2.1%)
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]

History[edit]

Langkawi International Airport build in the 1991 and were finished at December 1993. Langkawi International Airport is the airfield of Japanese army in 1945 and British army. Langkawi International Airport located 13 km from Kuah City (Capital city of Langkawi). Kedah consist 3 airport that is Langkawi International Airport,Sultan Abdul Halim Airport and the new airport is Kulim International Airport

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur–International, Penang, Singapore
Firefly Kota Bharu, Kuala Lumpur–Subang, Penang
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International
Malindo Air Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuala Lumpur–Subang
Rayani Air Kuala Lumpur–International
SilkAir Singapore
Tigerair Singapore

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.[4]

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. [5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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