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 (2015)
Passenger 2,336,177 (Increase 5.1%)
Airfreight (tonnes) 647 (Increase 14.1%)
Aircraft movements 30,853 (Increase 7.5%)
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 (LIMA) which is an international aerospace event for aviation industry and aero performances for the public.

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

History[edit]

Construction of the BBC airport began in 1991 and was finished at December 1993. Langkawi International Airport was the airfield of Japanese army in 1945 and British army. Kedah has three airports: Langkawi International Airport and Sultan Abdul Halim Airport

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur–International, Penang, Singapore
Firefly Kuala Lumpur–Subang, Penang
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International
Malindo Air Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuala Lumpur–Subang
SilkAir Singapore
Tigerair Singapore

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Annual passenger numbers and aircraft statistics
Year
Passengers
handled
Passenger
% change
Cargo
(tonnes)
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
Source: Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad[4]
Boarding flight at Langkawi International Airport

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.[5]

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. [6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Langkawi International Airport at Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
  2. ^ WMKL – LANGKAWI INTERNATIONAL at Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia
  3. ^ Langkawi Airport at Malaysia Airport Holdings website
  4. ^ "MAHB Annual Report 2015" (PDF). Malaysia Airports. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Three paratroopers dead in Malaysia airshow accident. 3 December 2007.
  6. ^ Wired article A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

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

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