Langkawi International Airport

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Langkawi International Airport

Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Langkawi
Langkawi airport.png
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerKhazanah Nasional
OperatorMalaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
ServesLangkawi and Perlis
LocationPadang Matsirat, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Time zoneMST (UTC+08:00)
Elevation AMSL16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates06°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
Maps
Kedah state in Malaysia
Kedah state in Malaysia
LGK /WMKL is located in Peninsular Malaysia
LGK /WMKL
LGK /WMKL
LGK /WMKL is located in Malaysia
LGK /WMKL
LGK /WMKL
LGK /WMKL (Malaysia)
LGK /WMKL is located in Southeast Asia
LGK /WMKL
LGK /WMKL
LGK /WMKL (Southeast Asia)
LGK /WMKL is located in Asia
LGK /WMKL
LGK /WMKL
LGK /WMKL (Asia)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,810 12,500 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Passenger967,512 (Decrease 67.2%)
Airfreight (tonnes)457 (Decrease 49.6%)
Aircraft movements20,915 (Decrease 53.1%)
Source: official website[1]
AIP Malaysia[2]

Langkawi International Airport (IATA: LGK, ICAO: WMKL) is an airport in Padang Matsirat, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia.

In 2015, the airport handled 2,336,177 passengers and 30,853 aircraft movements.[3]

The airport serves as a venue for the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA), an international aerospace event for aviation industry and aero performances for the public. The airport's capacity was upgraded to accommodate 4 million passengers per year in September 2018.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
AirAsia Ipoh, Johor Bahru,[4] Kota Bharu,[5] Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuching,[6] Penang, Singapore
Batik Air Malaysia Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, Kuala Lumpur–Subang
Firefly Kuala Lumpur–Subang, Penang
Malaysia Airlines Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur–International
Scoot Singapore
Royal Malaysian Air Force Airbus A400M Atlas taking off from Langkawi International Airport during LIMA 17

History[edit]

Construction of the modern airport began in 1991 and was finished in December 1993. Langkawi International Airport had been the airfield of Japanese army in 1945 and later for the British army. Kedah has two airports: Langkawi International Airport and Sultan Abdul Halim Airport.

Expansion and development[edit]

The airport has undergone Phase 1 expansion with the current capacity of 4 million passengers for approximately RM89 million. The gross floor area has been increased to 23,000 square meters (247570 sq ft), increased parking spaces to 600 bays and up to 8 boarding gates. The runway is capable of handling Boeing 747 aircraft.

There is a private premium lounge in the departure hall. Facilities include food & beverage, bar, Wi-Fi, shower facility, phone and charging station. It is exclusively for departing passengers. The number of counters at passenger touchpoints have also increased to 30 check-in counters and 18 immigration counters.

Phase 2 of the expansion involves the construction of a proposed aerobridge, which is designed to handle the increasing volume of direct international flights. More amenities like arrival hall, commercial terminal, toilet, prayer rooms and driveway to the main terminal are to be included in the expansion.[7]

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Annual passenger numbers and aircraft statistics
Year Passengers
handled[a]
Passenger
% change
Cargo
(metric tonnes)[b]
Cargo
% change
Aircraft
movements
Aircraft
% change
2003 726,817 Steady 287 Steady 8,931 Steady
2004 845,276 Increase 16.3 325 Increase 13.2 8,711 Decrease 2.5
2005 830,334 Decrease 1.8 449 Increase 38.1 8,964 Increase 2.9
2006 934,024 Increase 12.5 487 Increase 8.5 27,622 Increase 208.1
2007 1,122,911 Increase 20.2 524 Increase 7.6 43,234 Increase 56.5
2008 1,196,956 Increase 6.6 589 Increase 12.4 41,837 Decrease 3.2
2009 1,359,271 Increase 13.6 572 Decrease 2.9 39,815 Decrease 4.8
2010 1,374,729 Increase 1.1 434 Decrease 24.1 33,064 Decrease 17.0
2011 1,504,697 Increase 9.4 646 Increase 48.8 31,482 Decrease 4.8
2012 1,594,106 Increase 5.9 754 Increase 16.7 33,056 Increase 5.0
2013 1,946,440 Increase 22.1 630 Decrease 16.4 29,309 Decrease 11.3
2014 2,221,997 Increase 14.2 567 Decrease 10.1 28,694 Decrease 2.1
2015 2,336,177 Increase 5.1 647 Increase 14.1 30,853 Increase 7.5
2016 2,655,271 Increase 13.7 588 Decrease 9.0 31,035 Increase 0.6
2017 2,767,707 Increase 4.2 759 Increase 29.0 31,863 Increase 2.7
2018 2,735,703 Decrease 1.2 832 Increase 9.6 37,528 Increase 17.8
2019 2,946,150 Increase 7.7 907 Increase 9.0 44,599 Increase 18.8
2020 967,512 Decrease 67.2 457 Decrease 49.6 20,915 Decrease 53.1
Source: Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad[8]
Busiest flights out of Langkawi International Airport by frequency
Rank Destinations Frequency (weekly) Airlines Note
1 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur 105 AK, MH
2 Selangor Subang, Selangor 55 FY, OD
3 Penang Penang 21 AK, FY
4 Johor Johor Bahru, Johor 5 AK
5 Kelantan Kota Bharu, Kelantan 8 AK, OD
6 Perak Ipoh, Perak 3 AK
Boarding flight at Langkawi International Airport

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Number of passengers including domestic, international and transit
  2. ^ Cargo movements including domestic, international and transit

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Malaysia Airports". Malaysiaairports.com.my.
  2. ^ WMKL – LANGKAWI INTERNATIONAL at Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia
  3. ^ Langkawi Airport at Malaysia Airport Holdings website
  4. ^ https://www.senaiairport.com/corporate/media/airport-announcements/airasia-resume-johor-bahru-%E2%80%93-tawau-connectivity
  5. ^ Liu, Jim. "AirAsia 4Q20 Malaysia domestic network additions". Routesonline. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  6. ^ "AirAsia Malaysia Expands Domestic Network with New Routes". Travel News Asia. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Langkawi International Airport reopens to handle 4m passengers".
  8. ^ "Malaysia Airports: Airports Statistics 2020" (PDF). malaysiaairports. 2 April 2021. Retrieved 5 October 2021.

External links[edit]

Media related to Langkawi International Airport at Wikimedia Commons