MAHB’s monthly passenger movement up

The domestic sector recorded 3.02 million passengers while the international sector saw 507,000

PETALING JAYA: Passenger traffic at Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd’s (MAHB) network of airports continued its uptrend in September, registering a 7.55% month-on-month (m-o-m) increase to 3.53 million passengers.

The domestic sector recorded 3.02 million passengers while the international sector saw 507,000.

On a year-on-year (y-o-y) basis however, the total passenger movements came in 69.4% lower, compared with 11.55 million people in September last year.

Overall aircraft movements rose 7.84% to 40,638 (m-o-m) but declined 56.8% y-o-y.

The airport operator said in a filing with Bursa Malaysia yesterday that airports in Malaysia registered 1.7 million passenger movements last month, a 79.5% y-o-y decline, comprising 1.6 million in the domestic sector and 88,000 in the international sector.

The overall aircraft movements decreased by 63.5% while the overall average load factor was 54.7%, with the domestic average load factor recorded at 58.3%.

For the third quarter ended Sept 30,2020, passenger movements improved to 9.4 million from 1.3 million in the second quarter. Nonetheless, this still represents a contraction of 74.5% over the third quarter of 2019.

“Domestic passenger movements were partly driven by pre-election movements and leisure travel to Sabah, Kuching, Langkawi, Penang and Kota Baru, recording the highest daily passenger movements at more than 70,000 passengers since June 2020.

“Likewise, the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport domestic passenger movements showed robust growth, registering 73% of the domestic passengers volume in September 2019, ” the group said in its passenger traffic snapshot yesterday.

It added that in Malaysia, the resumption of British Airways and Oman Air in the first week of October brought optimism in international air travel demand under a constrained environment.

MAHB also expected the recent targeted enhanced movement control order and the Sabah travel ban to continue to have an immediate impact on domestic traffic. “Nevertheless, demand for air travel is expected to show continued resilience, as it has done over the last few months, ” it said.

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