MAHB April 2017 Passenger Traffic Growth Highest Since February 2014

12th May 2017

In its latest report about the 39 airports it manages, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhard (MAHB) says it has handled a total of 8.17 million passengers in April, 2017, which was 16.9% more than in April last year, when it handled 6.98 million.

This represents the highest growth since February, 2014.

Individually, domestic passenger traffic went from 3.57 million in April, 2016 to 4.06 million in April, 2017, for an increase of 13.7%, while international passenger traffic in Malaysia went from 3.41% in last year to 4.1 million in April this year, or 20.2% more.

In addition, aircraft movement went up by 5.5% year-on-year.

In its report, MAHB said passenger traffic was registered at 18 out of 21 domestic and international airports in Malaysia:

All regions, with the exception of Africa, registered a high double-digit growth between 13% and 30% for April 2017. Passenger traffic to and from 21 countries recorded more than 20% growth, including Maldives, Laos, Ethiopia, the UK, Australia, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Oman, Iran, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Japan and Vietnam.

The report continued:

Twenty seven airlines registered double-digit growth for international passenger traffic. They include AirAsia X, All Nippon Airways, Malindo Air, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Malaysia Airlines. The domestic passenger growth was mainly contributed by Malindo Air and AirAsia.

The main Malaysian airport, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), registered a 20.5% growth in April, 2017, from 4.13 million passengers last year to 4.98 million this year. Domestic passenger growth was 19.6% and international was 20.9%. The main terminal at KLIA saw 2.44 million passengers go through it in April 2017, 24.6% more than 1.96% in April 2016. On the other hand, KLIA2 passenger traffic also went up from 2.17 million to 2.54 million or 16.8%.

MAHB report also said:

Year-to-date growth is encouraging and the numbers indicate that Malaysia’s air traffic is indeed at a new level of growth. Among others, this growth has been contributed by visa relaxation for India and China, new travellers, Umrah travel, competitive fares, as well as favourable exchange rate for foreign tourists. In addition, there is significant increase in airlines’ seat capacity to accommodate the increasing demand for air travel.

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