Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SAAS) also called Subang Airport or Subang Skypark, is an airport located in Subang, Selangor, Malaysia, and primarily serves general aviation and some turbo-prop domestic flights and also regional international commercial flights operated by Firefly and Berjaya Air.
It is one of the largest Fixed Base Operators in the region and with covered hangar space of over 30,000m2 it is capable of accommodating a 737 BBJ or A319 ACJ. There is also a cafeteria, office space and lecture rooms incorporated into the hangar building. SAAS Airport is a very popular hub and serves business and private aircraft, helicopters and cargo carriers as well as general aviation. Eurocopter Malaysia use SAAS as their home base.
There are several flying clubs with their headquarters at the airport, Subang Flying Club being the oldest. For commercial airlines both Berjaya Air and Malaysia Airlines both have headquarters here.
In 2012 the airport handled 1,442,514 passengers and 74,008 aircraft movements. The airport is owned by the Malaysian Government and operated by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.
The first flight landed at SAAS in August 1965 and by 1990 there were three terminals. During this time the airport suffered two major fires that forced aircraft to be diverted to other airports. By December 1997 there had been nearly 16 million passengers pass through the airport.
In 2002 AirAsia were hoping to use SAAS as their main hub but five years later the government would still only allow turbo-prop and general aviation flights to use the airport. By 2007 funds of RM300 million has been allocated to transform terminal three into the main passenger terminal and work started in 2008. By October 2009 the work was completed and terminal three was renamed Subang Skypark.
When SAAS opened in 1965 the runway was the longest in Southeast Asia at 3,700 metres long. This fact has now been superseded by Kuala Lumpur International Airport KLIA where the runway is 4,124 metres.
SAAS Airport is the last word in sleek and modern architecture. Just half an hour by car from the centre of Kuala Lumpur there is every modern convenience and service that any traveller could possibly need. It is more than just somewhere to pass through from A to B but a place to stay a while and enjoy the state-of-the-art facilities. There is a variety of retail outlets and after some shopping where better to relax than at one of the many bars and restaurants.
There are excellent facilities for the disabled and travellers with special needs. There is a postal service, smoking lounge, telephones and internet, a prayer & silent room plus an ATM and Bureau de Change. For a bit of peace and quiet there is a 2,800m2 five star executive lounge. To keep up to the minute with not just flight times but current news as well there are large screens all over the terminal.
Throughout the year there are various events and festivals held in the terminal to make it more of a community environment.
Flights and Destinations
Berjaya Air - Langkawi, Pangkor, Penang, Redang, Tioman, Hua Hin (Thailand)
Firefly - Alor Setar, Johor Bahru, Kerteh, Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Langkawi, Penang, Singapore, Batam (Indonesia), Koh Samui (Thailand), Medan-Kuala Namu (Indonesia), Pekanbaru (Sumatra)
Malindo Air – Johor Bahru, Penang, Langkawi, Terengganu. Alor Setar, Kerteh )begins Sept 14 2013), Pekanbaru (Sumatra - begins 20 August 2013), Kota Bharu
Transport To and From the Airport
Despite all the money spent in recent years there is a lack of parking spaces, if you do find one the cost is about RM 25 per day. There is a valet parking service provided. There are no direct rail links at SAAS but the Bus Route U81 goes between Zone 4 of the airport and Central Market in Chinatown, stopping at KL Sentral train station.
Taxi is the best form of transport between the city centre and the airport and costs about RM36. Make sure you purchase a taxi coupon from the desk inside the arrivals hall before going out to the taxi ranks.
Car hire is available at desks in the arrivals hall but booking in advance may be better.
Routes To Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport
- Alor Setar to Subang, Shah Alam
- Bayan Lepas, George Town to Subang, Shah Alam
- Bintulu to Subang, Shah Alam
- Kerteh to Subang, Shah Alam
- Kota Bharu to Subang, Shah Alam
- Kuala Terengganu to Subang, Shah Alam
- Kuching to Subang, Shah Alam
- Labuan to Subang, Shah Alam
- Langkawi to Subang, Shah Alam
- Pangkor Island, Pulau Pangkor to Subang, Shah Alam
- Senai, Johor Bahru to Subang, Shah Alam
- Tioman Island, Pulau Tioman to Subang, Shah Alam
Routes From Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport
- Subang, Shah Alam to Alor Setar
- Subang, Shah Alam to Bayan Lepas, George Town
- Subang, Shah Alam to Kerteh
- Subang, Shah Alam to Kota Bharu
- Subang, Shah Alam to Kuala Terengganu
- Subang, Shah Alam to Kuching
- Subang, Shah Alam to Langkawi
- Subang, Shah Alam to Miri
- Subang, Shah Alam to Pangkor Island, Pulau Pangkor
- Subang, Shah Alam to Senai, Johor Bahru
- Subang, Shah Alam to Tioman Island, Pulau Tioman