Sultan Azlan Shah Airport

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Sultan Azlan Shah Airport
Lapangan Terbang Sultan Azlan Shah
Sultan Azlan Shah Airport.JPG
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Malaysia
Operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB)
Serves Perak, Malaysia
Location Ipoh, Perak, 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 (2017)
Passenger 274,146 (Increase 1.7%)
Airfreight (tonnes) 105 (Decrease 40.8%)
Aircraft movements 10,910 (Decrease 22.8%)
Source: official web site[1]
AIP Malaysia[2]

Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (IATA: IPH, ICAO: WMKI) is an airport that serves Ipoh, a city in the state of Perak, Malaysia. It is located 6 km away from the city centre. Sultan Azlan Shah Airport has been ranked as the seventh busiest airport in Malaysia.


Originating as a small airfield for Fokker aircraft, eventually being expanded so that jet operations could be accommodated. The then new airport terminal was made ready for the visit by Queen Elizabeth II to the Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar in 1989. The airport had then been used by many passengers (somewhat due to Malaysia Airlines serving the city and still being based in Subang).

Once the North-South Expressway opened, many people opted to use other methods rather than the often more expensive air travel; as a consequence of the lack of demand, Malaysia Airlines and later AirAsia withdrew their services. Following the introduction of electric trains having a direct link to Kuala Lumpur city centre, Malaysia Airports were forced to reconsider the financial viability of the site.[3]

In the hopes of renewing the airport for use by larger airlines, a new and 'modern' terminal building and an extended runway were constructed at a cost of RM45 million. The runway length of 2,000 metres was so that larger aircraft like the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 family could land and take off. The key features of the new terminal were a larger and more spacious departure and arrival halls, full air-conditioning in the terminal, and increased passenger capacity.[4]

Unfortunately the new runway was left to be restricted to turboprop airliners only, due to a number of potholes.[5] Several months later, the issue was resolved,[6] only to then have a repeated issue.[7] Since then, the runway has been safe and used daily.

Malindo Air started a new service to Medan in 2018


Upon the realisation by the Malaysian Government that the airport was unable to continue to expand (due to being surrounded by residential areas), there have been suggestions that sites further away from the city centre, in either Seri Iskandar or Batang Padang near Tapah. However, there have been no such actions in the subsequent years.

An alternative plan had been considered to utilise Ipoh as a feeder airport, as the airport was unable to compete with the larger and more established airports in Penang and Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Several airlines have mentioned their desire to begin serving the airport, but only plans by Tigerair have materialised.[8] Other airlines based in China and Indonesia have also expressed interest.[9]

In March 2017, the Perak state government announced that the airport's operators would be upgrading the terminal so that there would be more space for passengers.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Firefly Singapore
Malindo Air Johor Bahru, Medan
Scoot Singapore

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Annual passenger numbers and aircraft statistics
% 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
2015 222,606 Increase 125.4 318 Increase 7.2 19,956 Increase 12.9
2016 269,696 Increase 21.2 178 Decrease 44.1 14,137 Decrease 29.2
2017 274,146 Increase 1.7 105 Decrease 40.8 10,910 Decrease 22.8
Source: Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad[10]


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