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Penang Intl Airport

Penang International Airport
Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Malaysia
Operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
Serves Penang, West Malaysia
Location Bayan Lepas, Penang, West Malaysia
Elevation AMSL 11 ft / 3 m
Coordinates 05°17′49″N 100°16′36″E / 5.29694°N 100.27667°E / 5.29694; 100.27667
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,352 10,997 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Passenger movements 3,405,762
Airfreight movements in tonnes 192,936
Aircraft movements 43,796
Source: official web site and DAFIF

Penang International Airport (IATA: PEN, ICAO: WMKP), previously known as Bayan Lepas International Airport, is situated in the Bayan Lepas area of Penang, Malaysia. The airport is located 16 km (10 miles) south of George Town, the capital city of Penang.

Penang International Airport is a medium-sized airport with good connections to major cities in South East Asia. The airport serves as the main airport for the northern region of Malaysia. Passengers arriving or departing from the north will have a view of George Town, Butterworth and the Penang Bridge. Waiting times for check-in and baggage claims are relatively short compared to other larger regional airports. The airport is not crowded and basic facilities are available for users.

In 2008, over 3.4 million passengers used Penang International Airport. 43,796 aircraft movements were registered. Penang International Airport is the third busiest airport in the country, right after Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

The airport is the hub of two low-cost carriers, namely Firefly and AirAsia.

Penang International Airport won the Best Emerging Airport (Asia) in 23rd annual Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards 2009(AFSCA) and Airport of the Year (below 15 million passenger annually) in the 2009 Frost and Sullivan Asia Pacific Aerospace and Defence Awards.


There are ongoing discussions between airport operator, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), Ministry of Transportation, and Asia's largest low cost carrier, AirAsia about setting up Malaysia's third low cost carrier terminal at the airport. In October 2008, Firefly was urged by the Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng to build a budget terminal, termed "community terminal" in order to better cater for the needs of budget travellers. He also called on the Federal Government and MAHB to consider renovating the current airport terminal to higher standards.

Reports in newspapers recently suggest that the new low-cost carrier terminal is approaching final stages. A parcel of land (36 hectares) has been reserved by Penang state government for the purpose. In NCER economic region, there is a proposal to build a new bigger and modern passenger and cargo terminal. An additional runway is also planned to cater increasing air traffic.

In the Mini-budget announced by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who is also the Finance Minister, on March 10, 2009, RM250 million has been allocated for the expansion of the airport..

Airlines and destinations

Passengers Terminal

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Chennai, Hong Kong, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Langkawi, Macau, Medan, Singapore
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
China Airlines Taipei-Taoyuan
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou, Xiamen
Firefly Banda Aceh, Kota Bharu [Resumes 1 Feb], Kuala Terengganu [Resumes 1 Mar], Kuantan [Resumes 1 Feb], Langkawi, Medan, Phuket, Subang
Indonesia AirAsia Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Medan, Surabaya [begins 13 Nov]
Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore
Kartika Airlines Banda Aceh, Medan
Lion Air Medan
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Singapore
Silkair Singapore
Sriwijaya Air Batam, Medan
Thai AirAsia Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Thai Airways International Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Tiger Airways Singapore
Wings Air Medan
  • ^1 Although some of Cathay Pacific's flights to Hong Kong stop in Kuala Lumpur, Cathay Pacific has no rights to transport passengers between Penang and Kuala Lumpur.

Destination services from Penang International Airport
Destination services from Penang International Airport

Cargo Terminal

Airlines Destinations
Asiana Cargo
Cathay Pacific Cargo
China Airlines Cargo
DHL Aviation operated by Air Hong Kong
DHL Aviation operated by Transmile Air Services
EVA Air Cargo Singapore, Taipei-Taoyuan
FedEx Express
Korean Air Cargo
Lufthansa Cargo
MASkargo Amsterdam, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Milan-Malpensa, Shanghai-Pudong, Tashkent, Tokyo Narita
TNT Airways
UPS Airlines

Traffic and Statistics

Overall Operational Statistics
Years Passenger Movements Aircraft Movements Cargo Movements in Metric Tonnes Cargo Movements in Kilograms
2003 2,325,535 30,771 196,392 432,965
2004 2,994,027 33,071 212,944 469,456
2005 2,834,545 31,173 221,971 489,357
2006 3,103,772 31,448 225,952 498,133
2007 3,173,177 39,265 208,582 208,581,847
2008 3,405,762 43,796 192,936 192,936,282


Ground Transportation

Air passengers can take taxis, which are found within the airport. The main public transportation in Penang, Rapid Penang also provides services to the airport. There are 5 bus routes: 102, 306, 401, 401A and 401E. 102 is a route to Teluk Bahang from the airport, 306 links the airport to the Penang General Hospital through Air Itam, 401 connects the airport to George Town, the state capital and Balik Pulau and 401E is the express bus for this route. Meanwhile, 401A is a direct bus to the airport from George Town.

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General Info
Country Malaysia
Time UTC+8
Latitude 5.297139
05° 17' 49.70" N
Longitude 100.276864
100° 16' 36.71" E
Elevation 11 feet
3 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 000° W (01/06)
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

TWR 121.1
GND 121.6
ATIS 126.4

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
04/22 10997 x 150 feet
3352 x 46 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME VPG PENANG 109X 116.2 1.4 NM 043.3
NDB PNG PENANG - 406 2.3 NM 220.9

CAUTION No cir btn 250 and 020 due to high terrain.
FUEL (NC-100, A1)
TFC PAT Rwy 04 rgt tfc.

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