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Senai International Airport

Senai International Airport
Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Senai
Lapangan Terbang Sultan Ismail
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Malaysia
Operator Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd
Serves Johor, Malaysia
Location Senai, Johor, West Malaysia
Hub for
Time zone MST (UTC+08:00)
Elevation AMSL 127 ft / 39 m
WMKJ is located in Peninsular Malaysia
Location in West Malaysia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 3,800 12,467 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passenger movements 1,989,979
Airfreight movements in tonnes 3,443
Aircraft movements 37,908
Sources: AIP Malaysia[1][2]

Senai International Airport, formerly known as Sultan Ismail International Airport[3] (ICAO: WMKJ) (Malay: Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Senai Jawi: لاڤڠن تربڠ انتارابڠسا سناي Chinese:士乃国际机场) is an airport located in the town of Senai, near Johor Bahru, Malaysia. In 2013, Senai International Airport handled a total of 1,989,979 passengers and 3,443,931 kg of freight with a combination of 37,098 schedule and non-schedule commercial aircraft movements.[4]


  • History 1
  • Expansion and future plans 2
  • Airlines and destinations 3
    • Cargo carriers 3.1
  • Traffic and statistics 4
    • Statistics 4.1
  • Ground transport 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Opened in 1974, it serves the state of Johor as well as people from the southern states of Peninsular Malaysia. Senai International Airport is the hub of AirAsia and used to serve as a domestic hub of Malaysia Airlines until the rationalisation of its domestic routes to cut the company's losses. As a result, Malaysia Airlines only served two destinations from Senai after the rationalisation.

Today, this airport is managed by Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATS), the first independent airport operator in Malaysia, after taking over the operations of the airport from Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) in 2003.[2] Senai International Airport is able to handle up to 4.5 million passengers and 100,000 tonnes of cargo per annum. There are plans to increase the capacity of the airport to 10 million passengers in the long term and turn the airport into a cargo hub. Recent expansions and upgrades include lengthening of the runway to 3800m and building a parallel taxiway to increase runway capacity.

Expansion and future plans

Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd, the operator of the airport announced a multi-billion ringgit project called Airport City or Aeropolis. The project, on 1,133 hectares near Senai Airport, will comprise three main components – residential-commercial-hospitality amenities, an air cargo logistic centre and a hi-tech park. The first component will cover 323 hectares while the other two will occupy 405 hectares each.[5]

On 26 May 2008, SATS announced a MYR 70 million plan to build an Aero Mall, a stand-alone and external airport mall. The mall will have a retail space of 10,000 square feet (930 m2) and is due to be completed in the late 2009 / early 2010 time frame.[6] The Aero Mall was officially opened in July 2010.

On 8 July 2008, Kuwait's Al-Aqeelah announced a project to build an aviation academy near the airport. The project will cost around US$100 million.[7]

On 12 February 2009, the Hong Kong-based Plaza Premium Management Ltd opened its third Plaza Premium Lounge in Senai International Airport.[8] Since December 2009, the airport provides free WiFi service for all customers at the Main Terminal and Cargo Centre.[9]

Firefly has announced on 22 February 2011 that Senai International Airport will be their fifth hub in Malaysia and will be operating with 2 fleets of Boeing 737-400.[10] The proposed routes including flight to Jakarta, Bandung and Surabaya, Indonesia (in third quarter) and Bangkok, Thailand (in fourth quarter).[11] Due to the share swapping between MAS and AirAsia, Firefly will be restructured and all of the jet routes had be suspended in 2011.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Bandung, Ho Chi Minh City, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Lombok, Miri, Penang, Sibu, Tawau, Yogyakarta
Asiana Airlines Seasonal: Seoul
Firefly Ipoh, Kota Bharu, Kuala Lumpur-Subang
Indonesia AirAsia Surabaya
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur Seasonal: Jeddah, Medina
Malindo Air Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur-Subang
XpressAir Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta (begins 11 December 2014),[12]

Cargo carriers

Airlines Destinations
MASkargo Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo-Narita[13]
Transmile Air Services Kuala Lumpur

Traffic and statistics


Ground transport

Senai International Airport is connected with Senai Airport Highway.

Buses[17] to the city are available.
Service Destination Note
Causeway Link Trunk Services
Sky Shuttle[18] JB Sentral Free for AirAsia's passengers[19] Express (non-stop)
333[20] Larkin Sentral
Skybus Shuttle Service[21]
Bus No.1 Grand Paragon Hotel via Tune Hotel Danga Bay & KSL Resort
Bus No.2 Bluewave/Sentral Hotel via Tune Hotel Danga Bay & Puteri Pacific Hotel


  1. ^ WMKJ – JOHOR BAHRU/SENAI INTERNATIONAL at Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia
  2. ^ a b "Senai International Airport : About Senai Airport : Facts at a Glance". Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Statistic:Aviation". Ministry of Transport. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Zazali Musa (22 May 2008). "Mega project in Iskandar Malaysia". The Star. Retrieved 27 May 2008. 
  6. ^ Zazali Musa (27 May 2008). "SATS investing RM70m in Aero Mall". The Star. Retrieved 27 May 2008. 
  7. ^ Roziana Hamsawi (9 August 2008). "Kuwait's Al-Aqeelah thinking big in Malaysia". Business Times. Archived from the original on 12 July 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2008. 
  8. ^ Zazali Musa (13 February 2009). "Firm to open more lounges". The Star. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "Firefly identifies new hub users". 28 March 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Firefly launches two new hubs and expands network". Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Senai International Airport : Press & Media : Media Coverage". 6 September 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Aviation Statistics". Ministry of Transport. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd
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  18. ^ "Malaysia online express bus ticketing in Johor Bahru and Singapore|causewaylink express". Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
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  20. ^ "Malaysia online express bus ticketing in Johor Bahru and Singapore|causewaylink express". Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  21. ^
  • "IDR gets a boost from AirAsia with enhanced connectivity AirAsia celebrates first Airbus in Johor Hub with flights to Macau & Palembang". 

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