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Malaysia Airports Group Achieved Record Air Traffic Growth With Expanded Connectivity And Increased Passenger Traffic In May 2024

SEPANG - Intensive efforts by the Malaysia Airports Group to expand the country's network connectivity have resulted in KL International Airport (KLIA), now serving 70 airlines, surpassing the pre-pandemic level of 69 airlines. By the end of the year, three more airlines - British Airways, Vietjet Air and 9 Air - are expected to begin operations. The Group is actively pursuing 15 more foreign carriers to operate in the country over the next two years, aiming to elevate KLIA as a preferred international hub. To bolster air travel, the Group has invested significantly in initiatives such as the Airline X-celeration Programme, which includes landing fee waivers, airport office rental rebates, and marketing support. About RM3 million has been allocated for marketing support on Malaysia-China routes alone so far, underscoring the Group’s commitment to enhancing connectivity and attracting more airlines.

In May 2024, the Group saw the continuous uptick in traffic which was attributed to several factors, including the extension of visa-free travel to China and the introduction of new services by AirAsia from KLIA to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD) in Ahmedabad and Juneyao Air from Penang International Airport (PEN) to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) at four times weekly each. There were also resumption of AirAsia flights from KLIA to Biju Patnaik International Airport (BBI) in Bhubaneswar and China Eastern Airlines to Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (WUH), both with thrice weekly frequencies. These developments have significantly bolstered international travel.

Malaysia Airports’ Group continued its robust passenger traffic growth in May 2024, surpassing pre-pandemic levels for the same month in 2019. The Group recorded a total of 11.2 million passengers across its 39 airports in Malaysia, along with its Turkish asset, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, representing a 5.1% increase over May 2019 figures. This performance showcases a strong growth trajectory.

May 2024’s total traffic of 11.2 million passengers also marks a 2% increase from 11 million passengers recorded in the previous month, setting a new milestone for the Group and surpassing the peak levels achieved in February 2024. Additionally, this achievement marks the fifth consecutive month with over 10 million total passengers.

On the local front, Malaysia Airports recorded 7.7 million passenger movements across its local network of airports, showing a steady performance with a 1% increase from the previous month's 7.6 million passengers. The airports in Malaysia welcomed 4 million international passengers in May 2024, marking a 2% increase from the 3.9 million passengers in the previous month.

Meanwhile, domestic traffic at the local airports maintained its steady performance, with 3.7 million passengers recorded last month. This consistency in domestic travel highlights the robust demand for air travel within the country, further supported by enhanced connectivity and continuous improvements in airport services. In May 2024, Overall, the combined growth in international and domestic traffic underscores the resilience and attractiveness of Malaysia's aviation sector.

At Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW), total passenger movements in May 2024 reached 3.5 million, marking a 3% increase from April 2024. Both international and domestic passenger movements contributed to this growth, with 1.8 million international passengers and 1.7 million domestic passengers recorded in May 2024.

Pegasus Airlines played a significant role in this increase by introducing four new international routes: Chisinau (RMO) and Aktau (SCO) with twice-weekly flights, and Bratislava (BTS) and Sofia (SOF) with thrice-weekly flights. Additionally, Ajet expanded its international operations for the summer season of 2024, further enhancing the airport's connectivity in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. These developments underscore SAW's strategic importance as a hub for international travel and its commitment to expanding its network to meet growing passenger demand.

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