Airport City Plan for Senai13 Jun 2011
SINCE taking over the Sultan Ismail International Airport in 2003, Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATSSB) has embarked on its 20-year master plan to develop and enhance the existing airport.
The plan is to accelerate the pace of growth as well as to propel Senai Airport and its surrounding development towards an integrated airport city.
The airport has undergone a major refurbishment which includes the upgrading of the passenger terminal, construction of the new cargo terminal and extension of the runway.
Also included is the construction of an indoor and outdoor car park, enhancement of the aerodrome and the development of non-aeronautical areas such as commercial and free zones, and the aerospace park.
The upgrades have increased Senai Airport's capability to handle up to 3.5 million passengers and 80,000 tonnes of cargo annually.
Recently, Senai Airport was awarded The Best Emerging Airport -- Asia (in the less than 500,000 tonnes per year category) in the Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards 2011 held in Singapore.
As a community airport, the development of the Aeromall, a lifestyle shopping centre which features a striking modern architecture, was made to cater to the needs of the surrounding community.
The mall, which includes a spacious concourse area, also houses major international and local retails and F&B outlets.
To date, there are three major airlines operating in Senai Airport, namely Malaysia Airlines, Firefly and Air Asia.
After a lapse of almost a year, international flights are to resume from Senai Airport as Firefly, the community airlines, has confirmed flying from Senai Airport to two Indonesian cities -- Bandung and Surabaya -- starting this August.