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Senai International Airport, formerly known as Sultan Ismail International Airport[3] (IATA: JHB, ICAO: WMKJ) (Malay: Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Senai; Jawi: لاڤڠن تربڠ انتارابڠسا سناي;Chinese: 士乃国际机场) is an international airport in the town of Senai, Kulai District, Johor, Malaysia. The airport is located approximately 32 km north-west of the Johor Bahru city centre. In 2017, Senai International Airport reached a total of 3,124,799 passengers and 7,614  tons of freight with a combination of 42,744 schedule and non-schedule commercial aircraft movements.[4] The airport is a hub for AirAsia.

Senai International Airport

Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Senai
Senai International Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Malaysia
OperatorSenai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd
ServesJohor, Malaysia
LocationSenai, Kulai, Johor, Malaysia
Hub for
Focus city for
Time zoneMST (UTC+08:00)
Elevation AMSL127 ft / 39 m
Coordinates01°38′26″N 103°40′13″E / 1.64056°N 103.67028°E / 1.64056; 103.67028Coordinates: 01°38′26″N 103°40′13″E / 1.64056°N 103.67028°E / 1.64056; 103.67028
WMKJ is located in Peninsular Malaysia
Location in West Malaysia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 3,800 12,467 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger3,522,576 (Increase 10.5%)
Airfreight (tonnes)7,614 (Increase 21.9%)
Aircraft movements42,744 (Increase 2.0%)
Sources: AIP Malaysia[1][2]

Opened in 1974, it serves the state of Johor as well as people from the southern states of Peninsular Malaysia. Senai International Airport is the hub of AirAsia. It was a domestic hub of until the rationalisation of its domestic routes to cut the company's losses. After the rationalisation, Malaysia Airlines only served two destinations from Senai.

Today, the airport is managed by Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd, which took over the operations from (MAHB) in 2003.[2] Senai International Airport is capable to handle up to 3.5 million passengers and 80,000 tonnes of cargo per annum. There are plans to increase the capacity of the airport to 10 million passengers in the long term and turn the airport into a cargo hub. Recent expansions and upgrades include lengthening of the runway to 3800m and building a parallel taxiway to increase runway capacity.


Expansion and future plansEdit

Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd, the operator of the airport announced a multi-billion ringgit (MYR) project called Airport City or Aeropolis. The project, on 1,133 hectares near Senai Airport, will comprise three main components – residential-commercial-hospitality amenities, an air cargo logistic centre and a high-tech park. The first component will cover 323 hectares while the other two will occupy 405 hectares each.[5]

On 26 May 2008, SATS announced a MYR 70 million plan to build an Aero Mall, a stand-alone and external airport mall. Of the mall's total space of 9,290.304 sq m 100,000 sq ft), 3716.121 sq m (40,000 sq ft) is retail space and the balance the concourse. Aero Mall's target markets were the business community, employees in the nearby industrial estates and the population in the Senai-Kulai area. The new mall, an extension of the airports present retail segment, would offer air and non-air passengers more choices to shop and dine, adding that the airport received overwhelming response when it introduced mid-level lifestyle products between 4,000 and 5,000 air passengers currently used Senai airport, which provided an active market for the existing 25 retailers. Due to be completed in the late 2009 / early 2010 time frame,[6] the Aero Mall was officially opened in July 2010. Concurrently SATS would also be launching the Senai Free Zone (80.937ha) and Senai Aviation Park (40.468ha), he said, adding that both would create some 20,000 job opportunities. The Free Zone will house a mixture of SME operations, warehouses and logistics for parts and components that could be exported via air cargo at Senai Airport. The Aviation Park focuses on maintenance and repair operations for the maintenance of smaller aircraft engines and avionic products like radios and meters

On 8 July 2008, Kuwait's Al-Aqeelah announced a project to build an aviation academy near the airport. The project will cost around US$100 million.[7]

On 12 February 2009, the Hong Kong-based Plaza Premium Management Ltd opened its third Plaza Premium Lounge in Senai International Airport.[8] Since December 2009, the airport provides free WiFi service for all customers at the Main Terminal and Cargo Centre.[9]

Firefly announced on 22 February 2011 that Senai International Airport would be their fifth hub in Malaysia and operate with two fleets of Boeing 737-400.[10] The proposed routes included flights to Jakarta, Bandung and Surabaya, Indonesia (in third quarter) and Bangkok, Thailand (in fourth quarter).[11] Due to the share swapping between MAS and AirAsia, Firefly will be restructured and all of the jet routes were suspended in 2011.

In 2015, it was announced that Senai Airport will be the main hub for flymojo. The airline will transform the airport into a key regional aviation & logistics hub. It will also play a key role in developing Iskandar Malaysia. However, the airlines never started and their air operator's certificate (AOC) expired on 30 May 2016 without any extension sought by the airlines.[12]

Map and destinationsEdit

Destinations of flights out of Senai International Airport
  Passenger (including Seasonal Charter)

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Traffic and statisticsEdit

Annual passenger numbers and aircraft statistics[14][15]
% change
% change
% change
2009 1,316,082   N/A   N/A  
2010 1,235,400   6.1 6,239   11,934  
2011 1,337,562   8.3 5,438   12.8 15,167   27.1
2012 1,376,383   3.0 3,149   42.1 12,506   17.4
2013 1,989,979   44.6 3,443   9.3 37,998   203.8
2014 2,325,816   16.9 4,934   43.3 42,976   13.1
2015 2,581,966   11.1 5,272   6.9 41,892   2.5
2016 2,828,074   12.1 6,245   18.0 42,744   2.0
2017 3,124,799   10.5 7,614   21.9 42,744   3.0
2018 3,512,519   12.4 9,691   N/A  
Busiest international flights out of Senai International Airport by frequency
Rank Destinations Frequency (Weekly) Airlines Note
1   Bangkok–Don Mueang, Thailand (DMK) 16 AK, FD
2   Guangzhou, China 12 AK, OD
3   Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 7 AK
4   Seoul, Korea 7 LJ
5   Surabaya, Indonesia 5 QZ
6   Jakarta, Indonesia 3 AK
7   Haikou, China 2 OD
8   Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Seasonal-Hajj MH
9   Medina, Saudi Arabia Seasonal-Hajj MH
10   Hat Yai, Hat Yai Seasonal-Charter OD
Busiest domestic routes out of Senai International Airport by frequency
Rank Destinations Frequency (Weekly) Airlines
1   Subang, Selangor (SZB) 112 FY, OD
2   Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) 98 AK, MH, OD
3   Penang, Penang 58 AK, OD
4   Kuching, Sarawak 32 AK
5   Kota Kinabalu, Sabah 22 AK
6   Ipoh, Perak 18 AK, OD
7   Sibu, Sarawak 17 AK
8   Langkawi, Kedah 8 AK
9   Tawau, Sabah 7 AK
10   Alor Star, Kedah 4 AK
11   Miri, Sarawak 3 AK
Suspended & Terminated route from/to Senai International Airport
Rank Destinations Previous Airlines Code
1   Kota Bharu, Kelantan Firefly FY
2   Kolkata, India AirAsia AK
3   Seoul, Korea Asiana Airlines OZ
4   Shenzhen, China Spring Airlines 9C
5   Guangzhou, China Sichuan Airlines 3U
6   Medan-Kuala Namu, Indonesia Indonesia AirAsia QZ
7   Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Indonesia Indonesia AirAsia QZ
8   Palembang, Indonesia Indonesia AirAsia QZ
9   Pontianak, Indonesia Xpress Air XN
10   Yogyakarta, Indonesia Indonesia AirAsia AK
11   Bandung, Indonesia AirAsia AK
12   Mataram-Lombok, Indonesia AirAsia AK
13   Hat Yai, Thailand Thai AirAsia FD
14   Macau, Macau AirAsia AK
15   Sanya, China Malindo Air OD
16   Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu AirAsia AK

Ground transportEdit

Senai International Airport is connected with Senai Airport Highway. Taxis are available outside the airport. Buses to the city and Singapore are available.[16]

Causeway link provides the commuters to JB Sentral and Desaru Coast.


  1. ^ WMKJ – JOHOR BAHRU/SENAI INTERNATIONAL at Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia
  2. ^ a b "Senai International Airport : About Senai Airport : Facts at a Glance". Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Senai International Airport - Introduction". Senai International Airport.
  4. ^ "Statistic:Aviation". Ministry of Transport. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  5. ^ Zazali Musa (22 May 2008). "Mega project in Iskandar Malaysia". The Star. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
  6. ^ Zazali Musa (27 May 2008). "SATS investing RM70m in Aero Mall". The Star. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
  7. ^ Roziana Hamsawi (9 August 2008). "Kuwait's Al-Aqeelah thinking big in Malaysia". Business Times. Archived from the original on 12 July 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2008.
  8. ^ Zazali Musa (13 February 2009). "Firm to open more lounges". The Star. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
  9. ^ "Wifi". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Firefly identifies new hub users". 28 March 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Firefly launches two new hubs and expands network". Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  12. ^ "Malaysian CSeries order in doubt as flymojo misses deadline". ch.aviation. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Senai International Airport: Press & Media: Media Coverage". 6 September 2009. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  14. ^ "Aviation Statistics" (PDF). Ministry of Transport. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  15. ^ Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd
  16. ^ "By Bus".

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