Overall performance driven by sustained demand for air travel, increase in airlines and new routes
By FARA AISYAH / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) registered a 9.2% year-on-year (YoY) growth of passenger movements with 11.7 million travellers in October, including at the Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey.
“October 2019 passenger movements for the network of airports continued to maintain the growth momentum picked up in June. In particular, the international growth of passenger in both absolute and percentage points was encouraging,” MAHB said in a statement yesterday.
The airport operator added that Malaysia’s passenger volume recorded a 10% growth with strong increase from both domestic (12.3%) and international (7.8%) sectors, which is evident from the high increase of average load factor by 2.7 percentage point for both sectors.
For the international sector, MAHB said both the absolute and percentage increase recorded were the highest for the year.
“The overall performance of passenger movements was contributed by the sustained demand for air travel supported by an increase in airlines and frequencies, as well as the addition of new routes.
“Qatar Airways Co, a further addition to the increasing number of carriers, introduced new routes to Langkawi International Airport from Doha via Penang International Airport in October,” it added.
MAHB said there was a double digit passenger growth in sectors such as Abu Dhabi, Addis Ababa, Adelaide, Banda Aceh and Bandar Sri Begawan, among others.
All regions with the exception of North America registered an increase in passenger movements in October 2019 compared to October 2018.
Meanwhile, more than 13 airlines registered double-digit growth in October 2019 for international passenger movements including Air Nippon Airways Co Ltd, Cebu Pacific, Citilink Garuda, Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines, among others.
During the month, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) passenger movements registered 5.1 million passengers, an increase of 9.3% from October last year.
The international and domestic passenger movements increased by 9.5% and 8.8% respectively compared to October last year.
KLIA main terminal and KLIA2’s passenger movements rose by 12% and 6.9% respectively.
The last 12-month passenger movements for the main terminal recorded 28.9 million passengers, an increase of 2.6%, while KLIA2 increased by 4.3% with 33 million passenger movements over the same period last year.
Overall aircraft movements at KLIA increased by 3.8% compared to October 2018.
The international and domestic aircraft movements at KLIA registered an increase of 2.5% and 6.7% respectively.
Meanwhile, passenger movements at airports other than KLIA and KLIA2 increased 11% YoY with 3.5 million movements.
The domestic passenger movements increased by 14.1%, recording 2.9 million passengers, while international passenger movements decreased by 1.1% with 600,000 passenger movements.
Aircraft movements in October 2019 increased by 4.5%, while domestic aircraft movements increased by 6% and international aircraft movements decreased by 3.3%.