Sultan Azlan Shah Airport

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Sultan Azlan Shah Airport
Lapangan Terbang Sultan Azlan Shah
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Malaysia
Operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB)
Serves Perak, Malaysia
Location Ipoh, Perak, West Malaysia
Time zone MST (UTC+08:00)
Elevation AMSL 130 ft / 40 m
Coordinates 04°34′09″N 101°05′35″E / 4.56917°N 101.09306°E / 4.56917; 101.09306Coordinates: 04°34′09″N 101°05′35″E / 4.56917°N 101.09306°E / 4.56917; 101.09306
WMKI is located in Peninsular Malaysia
Location in West Malaysia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 2,000 6,562 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passenger 98,768 (Increase 32.9%)
Airfreight (tonnes) 296 (Decrease 26.6%)
Aircraft movements 17,682 (Increase 1,107.8%)
Source: official web site[1]
AIP Malaysia[2]

Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (IATA: IPHICAO: WMKI) is an airport that serves Ipoh, a city in the state of Perak in Malaysia. It is located 6 km away from the city center.


Originally a small Fokker airfield, it steadily expanded to accommodate jet operations. The then new airport terminal was readied in time for Queen Elizabeth II's visit to the Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar in 1989. The airport then was bustling with passengers when Malaysia Airlines was operating from Subang. When the North-South Expressway opened, many people started using cars and Malaysia Airlines followed by Air Asia stopped their services, turning the airport into a white elephant. Since the introduction of the electric trains which go right into the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh Airport had to seriously reconsider its strategy.[3] The runway was extended to 2,000 meters yet declared unsafe on Dec 2013 as there were potholes, so only propeller planes could land.[4] On the 10th July, the sinkhole problem was fixed, and Sultan Azlan Shah Airport can now handle larger aircraft and has a longer runway. [5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Firefly Johor Bahru, Singapore
Malindo Air Johor Bahru, Medan, Singapore (begins 14 July 2015)
Sriwijaya Air Medan
Tigerair Singapore


The government realised that the airport could no longer be extended due to its location near residential areas. The Government then planned a new airport in Seri Iskandar. In late 2008, they replanned it to be located in Batang Padang, near Tapah. They discussed that Firefly and AirAsia will start operations there. The site area is 1,600 ha.

There was also another plan to make Ipoh as a feeder airport to other regions, as it couldn't compete with other airports such as Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Penang International Airport.

In 2013, Tigerair expressed interest in expanding their routes to Sultan Azlan Shah Airport.[6] Officials of Xiamen Airlines and airlines in Medan have also indicated interest in flying to Ipoh.[7]

Airport expansion[edit]

There was an upgrade that was started in April 2011 and was completed in November 2012. The upgrade included extending the runway by 200m and the apron to accommodate the B737 and A320 aircraft.The old terminal was demolished and a new modern terminal was constructed. Among the features of the new terminal includes wider and more spacious departure and arrival halls, full air-conditioning throughout the terminal for the comfort of passengers and increased capacity of the terminal.[8]

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Annual passenger numbers and aircraft statistics[9]
% Change
% Change
% Change
2003 115,286 Steady 498 Steady 1,572 Steady
2004 103,123 Decrease10.6 735 Increase47.6 1,402 Decrease 10.8
2005 74,451 Decrease27.8 437 Decrease40.5 1,145 Decrease 18.3
2006 64,711 Decrease13.1 357 Decrease18.3 954 Decrease 16.7
2007 814 Decrease98.8 10 Decrease97.2 12 Decrease 98.7
2008 5,376 Increase560.4 0 Decrease100 183 Increase 1425
2009 21,937 Increase308.0 0 Steady 384 Increase 109.8
2010 48,508 Increase121.1 0 Steady 844 Increase 119.8
2011 71,169 Increase46.7 0 Steady 1,536 Increase 82.0
2012 73,354 Increase3.1 34 Increase167.4 1,515 Decrease 1.4
2013 74,320 Increase1.3 403 Increase1091.4 1,464 Decrease 3.4
2014 98,768 Increase 32.9 296 Decrease 26.6 17,682 Increase 1107.8


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