Penang International Airport

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Penang International Airport
Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang
Penang Airport MRD.jpg
View of the airport
WMO: 48601
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Malaysia
Operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
Serves Penang, Malaysia
Location Bayan Lepas, Penang, West Malaysia
Hub for
Time zone MST (UTC+08:00)
Elevation AMSL 11 ft / 3 m
Coordinates 05°17′50″N 100°16′36″E / 5.29722°N 100.27667°E / 5.29722; 100.27667Coordinates: 05°17′50″N 100°16′36″E / 5.29722°N 100.27667°E / 5.29722; 100.27667
PEN/WMKP is located in Peninsular Malaysia
Location in Peninsular Malaysia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,352 10,997 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passenger 6,258,756 (Increase 3.6%)
Airfreight (tonnes) 130,392 (Decrease 7.7%)
Aircraft movements 66,670 (Increase 1.4%)

Penang International Airport (IATA: PENICAO: WMKP), previously known as the Bayan Lepas International Airport, is situated outside the Bayan Lepas suburb in Southwest Penang Island, Penang, Malaysia. The airport is located 14 km (8.7 mi)[1] south of George Town, the capital city of Penang. It is the oldest airport in the country, being opened in 1935 when Penang was part of the Straits Settlements.

Penang International Airport is a medium-sized airport with good connections to major cities in South East Asia. The airport serves as the main airport for the northern region of Malaysia. Passengers arriving or departing from the north will have a view of George Town, Butterworth, and both the Penang Bridge and the Second Penang Bridge. Waiting times for check-in and baggage claims are relatively short compared to other larger regional airports. The airport is not crowded and basic facilities are available for users.

In 2013, over 5.48 million passengers transited through the Penang International Airport. 60,020 aircraft movements were registered.[2] Penang International Airport is the third busiest airport in the country, after Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport, and second busiest in terms of international passenger and cargo traffic after Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The airport is the hub of two low-cost carriers, namely Airasia and Firefly.[3]

Penang International Airport won the Best Emerging Airport (Asia) award in the 23rd annual Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards 2009 (AFSCA) and Airport of the Year (below 15 million passenger annually) in the 2009 Frost and Sullivan Asia Pacific Aerospace and Defence Awards.


Passenger terminal after renovation in 2012

There are ongoing discussions between airport operator, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), Ministry of Transportation, and Asia's largest low cost carrier, AirAsia about setting up Malaysia's third low cost carrier terminal at the airport.[4] In October 2008, Firefly was urged by the Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng to build a budget terminal, termed "community terminal" to better cater for the needs of budget travellers. He also called on the Federal Government and MAHB to consider renovating the current airport terminal to higher standards.[5]

The airport has been a source of contention between the Penang state government and the Malaysian federal government. In recent years, calls by the Penang state government to expand the airport largely went unheeded by the Malaysian federal government, even though the airport is reaching its maximum capacity of 6.5 million passengers.[6]

Passenger check-in counters

Airlines and destinations[edit]

A Firefly ATR72-500 departing Penang
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 747-400 arriving in Penang International Airport
A China Airlines Airbus A340-300 taxiing in Penang International Airport
Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Ho Chi Minh City, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuching, Langkawi, Medan, Singapore, Yangon
Dragonair Hong Kong
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou
Firefly Banda Aceh, Koh Samui, Kota Bharu, Krabi, Kuala Lumpur–Subang, Kuantan, Langkawi, Phuket
Indonesia AirAsia Jakarta–Soekarno Hatta, Medan, Surabaya
Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore
Lion Air Medan
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International
Hajj: Jeddah, Medina
Malindo Air Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuala Lumpur–Subang, Malacca, Sanya, Wuhan[7]
SilkAir Singapore
Sriwijaya Air Medan
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang
Thai Airways
operated by Thai Smile
Tigerair Singapore

Cargo Terminal[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Hong Kong Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City
Cathay Pacific Cargo Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Phnom Penh,[8] Singapore
China Airlines Cargo Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, Taipei–Taoyuan
EVA Air Cargo Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei–Taoyuan[9]
FedEx Express Guangzhou
Korean Air Cargo Jakarta–Soekarno Hatta, Manila, Seoul–Incheon
MASkargo Kuala Lumpur–International, Shanghai–Pudong, Tokyo–Narita

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Annual passenger numbers and aircraft statistics
% change
% change
% change
2003 2,334,669 Steady 197,567 Steady 30,558 Steady
2004 2,987,993 Increase 28.0 212,369 Increase 7.5 33,069 Increase 8.2
2005 2,834,545 Decrease 5.1 221,971 Increase 4.5 34,616 Increase 4.7
2006 3,103,772 Increase 9.5 225,952 Increase 1.8 36,259 Increase 4.7
2007 3,173,117 Increase 2.2 208,582 Decrease 7.7 39,265 Increase 8.3
2008 3,405,762 Increase 7.3 192,936 Decrease 7.5 43,796 Increase 11.5
2009 3,325,423 Decrease 2.4 137,775 Decrease 28.6 43,621 Decrease 0.4
2010 4,166,969 Increase 25.3 147,057 Increase 6.7 50,205 Increase 15.1
2011 4,600,274 Increase 10.4 131,846 Decrease 10.3 54,713 Increase 9.0
2012 4,767,815 Increase 3.6 123,246 Decrease 6.5 53,766 Decrease 1.7
2013 5,487,751 Increase 15.1 153,703 Increase 24.7 60,020 Increase 11.6
2014 6,041,583 Increase 10.1 141,213 Decrease 8.1 65,734 Increase 9.5
2015 6,258,756 Increase 3.6 130,392 Decrease 7.7 66,670 Increase 1.4
Source: Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad[10]



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