Senai International Airport said to be able to handle seven million passengers a year by 203005 Oct 2023, by The Edge Malaysia


KULAI (Oct 5): The upgrading of the Senai International Airport (LTAS) here will enable an increase in its passenger handling capacity to seven million passengers a year by 2030, from four million a year previously.

Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATSSB) chairman Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh said that from January to August this year, the LTAS handled 1.99 million passenger movements.

“Based on SATSSB's projection, the upgrading project is expected to result in the handling of a bigger number of passengers until 2026, and a projected passenger capacity of seven million by 2030,” he said at a ceremony for the LTAS expansion project at the airport on Thursday. The ceremony was officiated by Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi.

For a start, Che Khalid said the new “face” of the LTAS, which started in August, is expected to handle five million passengers this year.

He said the upgrading project, involving a cost of RM11.9 million, is aimed at increasing efficiency, safety and effectiveness in handling passengers by airline companies, as well as bringing comfort to passengers.

The project, which commenced in March 2020, involves an area of 1,690 sq m, bringing the total area of the LTAS departure hall to 9,806 sq m.

“This involves the addition of five departure gates, covered walkways, seats, lifts, escalators, stairs, toilets, the fire alarm system, flight information display system, CCTV system and Wi-Fi, as well as the certificate of completion and compliance,” he said.

According to Che Khalib, since the takeover of operations, SATSSB has invested more than RM620 million to upgrade and enhance the airport’s facilities, as well as the infrastructure of LTAS operations.