Senai International Airport

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Senai International Airport
Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Senai
Lapangan Terbang Sultan Ismail
Senai International Airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Malaysia
Operator Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd
Serves Johor, Malaysia
Location Senai, Kulai District, Johor, Malaysia
Hub for AirAsia
Time zone MST (UTC+08:00)
Elevation AMSL 127 ft / 39 m
Coordinates 01°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 (2015)
Passenger 2,581,966 (Increase 11.1%)
Airfreight (tonnes) 5,272 (Increase 6.9%)
Aircraft movements 41,892 (Decrease 2.5%)
Sources: AIP Malaysia[1][2]

Senai International Airport, formerly known as Sultan Ismail International Airport[3] (IATA: JHBICAO: WMKJ) (Malay: Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Senai; Jawi: لاڤڠن تربڠ انتارابڠسا سناي) is an airport located in the town of Senai, Kulai District, Johor, Malaysia. The airport is located near Johor Bahru, approximately 32 km north-west of the city centre. In 2015, Senai International Airport handled a total of 2,581,966 passengers and 5,272  tons of freight with a combination of 41,892 schedule and non-schedule commercial aircraft movements.[4] The airport is a hub for AirAsia, and will be the main hub for a new airline called flymojo.


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 and used to serve as a domestic hub of Malaysia Airlines until the rationalisation of its domestic routes to cut the company's losses. As a result, Malaysia Airlines only served two destinations from Senai after the rationalisation.

Today, this airport is managed by Senai Airport after taking over the operations of the airport from Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) in 2003.[2] Senai International Airport is able to handle up to 4.5 million passengers and 100,000 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 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 hi-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) and is 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 has announced on 22 February 2011 that Senai International Airport will be their fifth hub in Malaysia and will be operating with 2 fleets of Boeing 737-400.[10] The proposed routes including flight 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 flymojo will be the main hub for Senai Airport. The airline will transform the airport into a key regional aviation & logistics hub. It will also play a key role in developing Iskandar Malaysia.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Inside Senai Airport
Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Bandung, Bangkok–Don Mueang, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuching, Miri, Penang, Sibu
Firefly Ipoh, Kota Bharu, Kuala Lumpur–Subang
Indonesia AirAsia Surabaya
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International
Hajj: Jeddah, Medina
Malindo Air Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuala Lumpur–Subang
Thai AirAsia Hat Yai

Cargo carriers[edit]

Airlines Destinations
MASkargo Kuala Lumpur–International, Tokyo-Narita[12]
Transmile Air Services Kuala Lumpur–International

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Annual passenger numbers and aircraft statistics[13][14]
% 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


Ground transport[edit]

Senai International Airport is connected with Senai Airport Highway.

Taxis are available outside the airport.

Buses[15] to the city are available.

Service Destination Note
Causeway Link Trunk Services
Sky Shuttle[16] JB Sentral Express (non-stop)
333[17] Larkin Sentral
Skybus Shuttle Service[18]
Bus No.1 Grand Paragon Hotel via Tune Hotel Danga Bay & KSL Resort
Bus No.2 Bluewave/Sentral Hotel via Tune Hotel Danga Bay & Puteri Pacific Hotel


  1. ^ WMKJ – JOHOR BAHRU/SENAI INTERNATIONAL at Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia
  2. ^ a b "Senai International Airport : About Senai Airport : Facts at a Glance". Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Statistic:Aviation". Ministry of Transport. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  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. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "Firefly identifies new hub users". 28 March 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Firefly launches two new hubs and expands network". Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Senai International Airport: Press & Media: Media Coverage". 6 September 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Aviation Statistics". Ministry of Transport. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd
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  16. ^ "Malaysia online express bus ticketing in Johor Bahru and Singapore|causewaylink express". Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Malaysia online express bus ticketing in Johor Bahru and Singapore|causewaylink express". Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
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