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15% Surge In Domestic Travel In April 2024

SEPANG - April 2024 marked a vibrant period for local airports under Malaysia Airports, as domestic travel surged by 15% during the bustling Aidilfitri and school holiday period. This surge translated into a significant uptick in passenger movements, with over 3.7 million domestic travellers recorded, showcasing a marked increase from the 3.2 million in March 2024. In tandem with this surge, aircraft movements also experienced a notable upswing, rising by 13% from 30,382 flights in March to 34,363 flights in April 2024. KL International Airport (KUL) led the charge with a 20% increase totalling 1.3 million passengers. Following closely behind, Penang International Airport (PEN) and Langkawi International Airport (LGK) witnessed a similar increase, both recording a 15% rise in passenger numbers. PEN and LGK registered 298,266 and 169,326 passengers respectively, cementing their positions as key hubs driving domestic travel growth.

In April 2024, Malaysia Airports Group (the Group) reported total traffic performance of 7.6 million passengers across its local airports in Malaysia, marking an 8% increase compared to the previous month's figure of 7.1 million. International passenger movements maintained a steady pace, accounting for a substantial portion of the total traffic performance at 3.9 million passengers, contributing 51% share. KUL, as the main gateway, continued to demonstrate resilience, registering a 4% uptick in international passenger movements, from 3.2 million passengers in March 2024 to 3.3 million in April, reaffirming its pivotal role in facilitating international air travel within the region.

Meanwhile, the Group's total performance for April 2024, inclusive of its Turkish asset, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW), also showcased robust growth, recording a total of 11 million passenger movements. This marked a notable 7.6% increase compared to the preceding month's figure of 10.2 million passenger movements.

At SAW, both the international and domestic sectors boasted 1.7 million passenger movements each in April 2024, culminating in a total passenger traffic of 3.4 million for the month. The domestic sector witnessed a 21% surge, with passenger movements soaring to 1.7 million in April 2024 from 1.4 million in the preceding month. This substantial increase can be attributed to the onset of the peak travel season, fueled by favourable weather conditions and festive celebrations such as Aidilfitri and Easter holidays.

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