Senai International Airport

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Senai International Airport
Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Senai
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 (2016)
Passenger 2,828,074 (Increase 12.1%)
Airfreight (tonnes) 6,245 (Increase 18.0%)
Aircraft movements 42,744 (Increase 2.0%)
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;Chinese: 士乃国际机场) is an airport 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 2016, Senai International Airport handled a total of 2,828,074 passengers and 6,245  tons of freight with a combination of 42,744 schedule and non-schedule commercial aircraft movements.[4] The airport is a hub for AirAsia.


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. It was a domestic hub of Malaysia Airlines until the rationalisation of its domestic routes to cut the company's losses. After the rationalisation, Malaysia Airlines only served two destinations from Senai.

Today, the airport is managed by Senai Airport Terminal Services, which took over the operations 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]

Inside Senai Airport

Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd, the operator of the airport announced a multi-billion ringgit (MYR) 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 high-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). 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 announced on 22 February 2011 that Senai International Airport would be their fifth hub in Malaysia and operate with two fleets of Boeing 737-400.[10] The proposed routes included flights 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 Senai Airport will be the main hub for flymojo. The airline will transform the airport into a key regional aviation & logistics hub. It will also play a key role in developing Iskandar Malaysia. However, the airlines never started and their air operator's certificate (AOC) expired on 30 May 2016 without any extension sought by the airlines.[12]"IDR gets a boost from AirAsia with enhanced connectivity AirAsia celebrates first Airbus in Johor Hub with flights to Macau & Palembang". 

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Kolkata,[13] Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuala Terengganu, Kuching, Langkawi, Macau,[14] Miri, Penang, Sibu, Tawau
Firefly Kuala Lumpur–Subang
Indonesia AirAsia X Surabaya
Jin Air Seasonal: Seoul–Incheon (begins 2 January 2018)[15]
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International
Malindo Air Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur–Subang

Cargo carriers[edit]

Airlines Destinations
MASkargo Kuala Lumpur–International, Tokyo-Narita[16]
Raya Airways Kuala Lumpur–International

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Annual passenger numbers and aircraft statistics[17][18]
% 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
2016 2,828,074 Increase 12.1 6,245 Increase 18.0 42,744 Increase 2.0

Ground transport[edit]

Senai International Airport is connected with Senai Airport Highway. Taxis are available outside the airport. Buses to the city and Singapore are available.[19]


  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. ^ "Senai International Airport - Introduction". Senai International Airport. 
  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. ^ "Wifi". 
  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. ^ "Malaysian CSeries order in doubt as flymojo misses deadline". ch.aviation. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  13. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "AirAsia adds Johor Bahru – Kolkata from Nov 2017". 
  14. ^ "AirAsia launches direct route from JB to Macao". The Star Online. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
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  16. ^ "Senai International Airport: Press & Media: Media Coverage". 6 September 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Aviation Statistics" (PDF). Ministry of Transport. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  18. ^ Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd
  19. ^ "By Bus". 

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