Kuala Lumpur, 2 January 2019 – Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATSSB), the operator of the Johor-based Senai International Airport, will soon be running the Kertih Airport, which is the main air base for oil and gas operations in Terengganu.

SATSSB, a member of MMC Group, has entered into a contract with Sanzbury Stead Sdn Bhd (Sanzbury Stead), a subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), to manage the operations and maintenance services of Kertih Airport for three years, effective 1 January 2019.

Under the strategic partnership, SATSSB is providing professional management services and undertaking the role of airport operator of Kertih Airport, whilst Sanzbury Stead maintain its position as the asset owner.

On its part, SATSSB will strategise and drive the airport operations to ensure safe, efficient and uninterrupted services in accordance with regulatory requirements enforced by Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) and other related government agencies.

With its extensive experience in managing one of the fastest growing airports in Malaysia, SATSSB pledges operational excellence in operating Kertih Airport through an efficient and effective asset maintenance programme, that aims at optimising the cost of operations.

Kertih Airport, an important artery of the oil and gas operations in Terengganu, caters primarily to helicopter flights to offshore oil platforms at the state’s coast. It is also connected by scheduled commercial flights operated by Malindo Air to Subang, to serve the demand from PETRONAS’ petrochemicals production and crude oil refinery in Paka.

MMC Corporation Berhad Managing Director Dato’ Sri Che Khalib Mohd Noh, who is also the chairman of SATSSB, said: “We are honored to be given the trust and opportunity by Sanzbury Stead to run Kertih Airport.

“Senai International Airport is the only privately managed commercial airport in Malaysia with expertise in airport management and operations for over 15 years. I am confident that with its experience and capability, we can offer value by maintaining the operations in an efficient and safe manner according to the aviation regulatory standard and customers’ requirement,” he added.

In addition, the contract will also cover areas on Aerodrome Certifications, Airport Health, Safety, Security and Environment and Emergency Response Operations.

Senai International Airport recently bagged the CAPA ‘Asia Pacific Regional Airport of the Year 2018’ under the less than 10 million annual passenger category, for its leading role in using new biometrics technology and its support of the LCC model.

The airport is currently connected to 18 destinations, including 11 domestic and seven international links. It welcomed its first three millionth passengers in 2017 and passenger traffic has nearly tripled over the last six years, with at least 10% growth every year since 2013.

In early 2018, Senai International Airport became the first airport in Asia to implement AirAsia’s Fast Airport Clearance Experience System (FACES), a cutting-edge biometrics technology providing seamless self-service travel experience from check-in to boarding gates.

Photo caption: Kertih Airport, an important artery of the oil and gas operations in Terengganu is now managed by Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd

About Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd

Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATSSB), a Member of MMC Group, is the airport operator for Senai International Airport or formerly known as Sultan Ismail International Airport. Built in 1974, the airport was operated by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad until November 2003 and subsequently acquired by Senai Airport Terminal Services which was later acquired by MMC Corporation Berhad in 2009.

Senai International Airport serves as the aviation gateway for Iskandar Malaysia and southern region, and is dedicated to providing routes and services essential to cater the needs of both tourism and business traveler. Equipped with a 3,800-metres runway, Senai International Airport can handle aircraft ranging from small Cessnas to large jets such as Airbus A380 and Antonov 125. Currently, there are 5 airlines operating in Senai International Airport serving 11 domestic and 7 international destinations with an average of 90 daily flight movements.

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About MMC Corporation Berhad

About MMC Corporation Berhad MMC Corporation Berhad (MMC) is a leading Utilities and infrastructure group with Diversified businesses under three divisions, namely Ports and Logistics, Energy and Utilities and Engineering.

Its key businesses under the Ports and Logistics division include the operations of Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd, Johor Port Berhad, Northport (Malaysia) Bhd, Penang Port Sdn Bhd, Tanjung Bruas Port Sdn Bhd, JP Logistics Sdn Bhd and Kontena Nasional Berhad. Internationally, MMC has presence in Saudi Arabia via Red Sea Gateway Terminal Company Limited, a container port terminal within the Jeddah Islamic Port.

Under the Energy and Utilities division, MMC is the single largest shareholder of both Malakoff Corporation Berhad and Gas Malaysia Berhad.

MMC's Engineering division has continued to stamp its presence in its sector with a leading role as the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) and underground works package contractor for the 51 km Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) Sungai Buloh- Kajang project (SBK Line) and Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya project (SSP Line). Prior to this, MMC has successfully completed the 329 km Ipoh-Padang Besar Electrified Double Tracking Project as well as the innovative Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) motorway, the first of-its-kind, dual-purpose tunnel in the world. MMC continues to make inroads in the industry, securing key civil and infrastructure projects in the country namely Langat Centralised Sewerage Treatment Plant, Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant and Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) Pengerang Cogeneration Plant. MMC also has a 20% effective interest in Borneo Highway PDP Sdn Bhd (BHP), the appointed project delivery partner for the Pan Borneo Highway Project in Sabah.

In other businesses, MMC wholly-owns Aliran Ihsan Resources Berhad, a company which specializes in the full spectrum of water treatment and Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd, the operator of Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru - a major aviation hub and the main air transportation gateway to Iskandar Malaysia. The Group Property arm of MMC manages close to 6,000 acres of industrial developments in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor and Kulim, Kedah, namely Senai Airport City, Tanjung Bin Petrochemical & Maritime Industrial Centre (TBPMIC) and Northern Technocity (NTC). The Senai Airport City, TBPMIC and NTC developments come under the ambit of the Group Property's three operating companies – Senai Airport City Sdn Bhd, Seaport Worldwide Sdn Bhd and Northern Technocity Sdn Bhd respectively.

MMC continues to make inroads in the construction industry, securing key civil and infrastructure projects in the country namely Langat Centralised Sewerage Treatment Plant, Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant, civil and infrastructure works for RAPID Pengerang Cogeneration Plant. Additionally, MMC has a 20% effective interest in Borneo Highway PDP Sdn Bhd (BHP) which has been appointed as PDP for the Sabah Pan Borneo Highway Project.

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Nurul Ain Fatihah Binti Ibrahim, Asst. Manager Corporate Communications, Senai Airport
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Tel : +6019 601 1017 / +607 599 4500 (extension 1567),

Azlina Ashar, Head of Group Corporate Communications, MMC Corporation Berhad
Tel: +6019 6688 990 / +603 2071 1124, Fax: +603 2026 2431,