PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) saw its month-on-month passenger traffic numbers in the country increase more than three-fold to 1.3 million in July, while aircraft movements doubled to 22,600 during the same period.
In a statement yesterday, the airport operator said the surge was mainly due to domestic travel by locals since the government has opened up domestic tourism.
MAHB added that the jump in passenger traffic and aircraft movements is a reflection of improved sentiment and confidence in the public to resume air travel locally.
“The steadily growing traffic is also an indication of the confidence of both local and international airlines to increase flight services, particularly at KL International Airport (KLIA).”
“Presently 27 airline companies are operating global flight routes to 30 cities in 20 countries with 14 of these airlines making at least one weekly flight to cater to the demand for repatriation, which also include transit for flights connecting at KLIA, ” the airport operator said.
To date, these active operations and routes have translated to approximately 149 weekly flight frequencies at KLIA, said MAHB.
“On top of this, there has also been an increase in cargo capacity offered by airlines which resulted in higher aircraft movements.
“Besides the 20 freighter airlines operating in Malaysia delivering cargo containing goods from origin countries to Malaysia and vice versa, the local carriers have also converted some movements from passenger to cargo flights.”
In the same statement, MAHB group chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh said the positive recovery rate has reinforced the airport operator’s optimism that the air travel industry will gradually return to normalcy.
“On top of the current ones operating from KLIA right now, more than 30 other foreign airlines have indicated that they will resume operations once borders fully reopen. In fact, Turkish Airlines recently resumed operations at KLIA on July 18 with their brand-new B787-9 Dreamliner fleet.
“On top of Turkish Airlines, Starlux Airlines and Scoot have resumed their operations to Penang International Airport. Scoot also resumed their flight operations to Kuching International Airport and Ipoh Airport, ” he said. Meanwhile, MAHB’s Turkish operations at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SGIA) also registered increasing numbers with passenger traffic and aircraft movements doubling to 1.2 million and 9,300 respectively.
“Four foreign airlines had recently resumed operations at SGIA from Morocco, Doha, Russia and Kuwait. This has resulted in total passenger traffic movements at MAHB’s entire network surpassing the two million mark for the first time since the imposition of travel restrictions, ” said MAHB.
Meanwhile, Mohd Shukrie said MAHB is vested and committed towards ensuring a safe airport experience.
“Our recent announcement on the full rehabilitation of the third runway is a manifestation of our commitment that we will not compromise on safety. Despite aggressive cost containment measures, we will continue to invest in areas where passenger safety can be enhanced.
“Our latest safety measure at the airport is the installation of UV handrail sterilisers at our escalators and walkalators which are expected to eliminate 99.9% unwanted microorganisms from the handrails, ” he said.
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