MAHB posts 4.7% rise in passenger traffic


MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) recorded a 4.7% increase in passenger traffic for February this year compared to a year ago, driven by international passengers movement during the Chinese New Year festival.

The airport operator managed 7.7 million passengers for the second month of this year at all its 39 Malaysian airports.

International passenger volume was 4.1 million passengers, the highest recorded for the month, MAHB told Bursa Malaysia in a filing yesterday.

However, domestic traffic declined in February due to the reduction in domestic airlines’ seat capacity offered during the month.

The airport operator said this was partly attributed to the continued realisation and retirement of fleets by some domestic airlines.

International traffic for the Asean sector grew by 9.3% to 1.9 million passengers, whereas non-Asean traffic posted a 12.1% growth with 2.1 million passengers.

Overall aircraft movement increased 1.8% helped by the 13.7% jump in international planes, but domestic aircraft declined 5.3%. Overall average load factor stood at 76% in February 2018.

The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) reported 4.7 million passenger movements in February, up 5.7% against the same period last year.

Out of the total figure, 1.6 million passengers were from the Asean sector, while 1.8 million passengers came from non-Asean countries. The domestic sector accounted for the balance 1.2 million passengers.

Traffic growth for KLIA2 increased 12.1% to 2.5 million passengers for the month.

Overall, MAHB’s network of airports including Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SGIA) posted a 7.1% growth of 10.1 million passengers in February 2018.

International traffic recorded an 11.5% increase year on-year (YoY) to 4.8 million passengers, while domestic traffic recorded 5.2 million passengers with 3.3% growth.

Overall, aircraft movement also rose by 2.6%, as international aircraft movement grew by 12%. Domestic movement declined 2.9% for the month.

Istanbul SGIA — the thirdlargest airport in Turkey — continued to register doubledigit growth last month.

Its passenger traffic grew by 15.5% YoY, as international and domestic traffic increased by 15.8% and 15.4% respectively. This growth was driven mainly by Pegasus Airlines, AnadoluJet Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways, which made up 96% of total Istanbul SGIA passenger traffic.

For its financial year 2017 (FY17), MAHB’s net profit more than doubled to RM236.5 million from RM70.4 million a year ago despite a 6.8% increase in operational costs.

Turnover for FY17 jumped by 11.5% to RM4.7 billion, from RM4.2 billion the year before, attributed to growth in both airport and non-airport operations.