MAHB Reports 5.7% More Passengers in 2016 than in 2015

11th Jan 2017

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) reported 118.5 million passengers used its airports in the last year. According to the biggest airport operator in Malaysia, this is 5.7% more than in 2015.

Malaysian airports operated by MAHB recorded 88.8 million domestic passenger movements, for a 6% increase from 2015. International passenger movements increased 8% in 2016 from 2015, for a total of 43.2 million.

At the same time, domestic traffic saw a 4.1% increase in passenger movement in 2016 compared the year prior for a total of 45.6 million recorded passenger movements.

MAHB said in a filing with Bursa Malaysia:

International traffic recorded 52.8 million passengers, a year-on-year (Y-o-Y) increase of 6.1%, while domestic traffic recorded 65.7 million passenger movements with a 5.4% growth. International passenger growth momentum picked up in the second half of 2016 (2H16), improving from 5% y-o-y in 1H16 to 11% in 2H16.

According to MAHB all five international airports in Malaysia recorded growth between 3 and 13.6 per cent, while 11 of 21 domestic and international airports grew between 1 per cent and 21 per cents.

MAHB said:

The growth was achieved despite capacity reduction by Malaysia Airlines and its subsidiary Firefly as part of its restructuring process.

The operator said the following airports particularly had a strong showing and increased traffic in last year: Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Langkawi, Alor Setar, Ipoh, Tawau and Mulu.

When it comes to KLIA and KLIA2, the later served more passengers (27.1 million) in 2016 and recorded a 3% growth over 2015, while KLIA handled 25,5 million passengers, but recorded a Y-o-Y growth of 12.8%.

MAHB added:

This was additionally contributed by the transfer of Malindo Air and Lion Air from klia2 to KLIA (whereas) klia2 handled 27.1 million passengers, a growth of 3% in 2016 over 2015.

Aircraft movements, said MAHB, increased 0.6% in 2016. This was caused by a 5.9% drop in movements by AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines and Firefly, while only Malindo Air recorded an increase in aircraft movements for 2016 of 25.9%

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