Johor Bahru, Dec 30: Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATSSB), a Member of MMC Group today celebrated its 3 millionth passenger in one single year, marking a new milestone in Senai International Airport’s history since its inception in 1974.

The 3 millionth passenger, Pn Umi Kalsom Roseli arrived at Senai International Airport at 4:05 pm via AirAsia flight AK 6044 from Kuala Lumpur and was welcomed with a special celebration led by Chairman of Johor Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee, Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, CEO of Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn. Bhd., Md Derick Basir and Director of Tourism Johor, Abdul Malik bin Hj Ismail.

Dato’ Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, the Chairman of SATSSB said “This is truly an achievement for Senai Airport. Prior to acquisition in 2003, the airport was handling only 800 thousand over passengers”

“In 2012, passenger volume per annum was 1.3 million passengers and over the last five years we managed to sustain year-on-year passenger growth by an average of 26% per annum”

“We forecast that passenger volume for full year 2017 will grow by 10.6% from 2.8 million in 2016 to 3.1 million passengers in 2017”.

Md Derick Basir, Chief Executive Officer shared that the growth is mostly driven by the domestic sector with an increase of 12% against the previous year. This can be attributed to the increased capacity created by the introduction of new routes by AirAsia to Tawau, Langkawi and Kuala Terengganu and additional flight frequencies to Subang by Malindo Air.

“We believe the growing demand from air travelers going via our airport is spurred by Iskandar Malaysia’s rapid development and vibrant economic activities, in addition to the commitment by our local airlines to mount flights from Senai Airport”.

Johor Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee Chairman, Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said “The achievement at Senai International Airport today proves that the Johor state is rapidly progressing and is on the positive track towards the new economic powerhouse in the country. The State Government is committed to develop Johor as the most viable, progressive and inclusive state not only in Malaysia but at a global level.

I believe that with Johor’s excellent performance, there will be more investors and tourists coming to Johor via Senai International Airport, making it a very important aviation hub in the region.”

As Senai International Airport continues to expand its flights offering, SATSSB has also invested RM9 million to upgrade the terminal infrastructure in 2017 which includes the creation of a new international boarding hall, new check in counters and baggage handling system, installation of new closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs), new flight information display system (FIDS) and additional retail area.

“We have also improved the retail offerings at the airport. The introduction of new outlets is set to offer more value and choices for the airport users, which is in-line with the airport’s aim to increase international retailing brands to cater to the needs of the international travelers”.

Senai Airport is currently connected to 7 international destinations namely Macau, Guangzhou, Kolkata, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Jakarta, Surabaya and 11 domestic airports.

“It has been an amazing year for Senai Airport and we thank the airline partners, government agencies and our stakeholders for their continuous support in achieving this milestone,” Md Derick added.


(From left) Abdul Malik Ismail, Datuk Tee Siew Kiong and Md Derick Basir welcome Umi Kalsom Roseli, Senai International Airport’s three millionth passenger of 2017.

From Left: Abdul Malik Ismail, Director Tourism Johor; Datuk Tee Siew Kiong Chairman of Johor Tourism; Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee; Umi Kalsom Roseli, Md Derick Basir, Chief Executive Officer SATSSB; Noor Safura Suib, Chief Operations Officer SATSSB

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 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 3,800-metres runway, Senai International Airport can handle aircraft ranging from small Cessna’s to large jets such Airbus A380 and Antanov 125. Currently, there are 4 airlines operating in Senai International Airport serving to 11 domestics and 7 internationals destinations with an average of 90 daily flight movements.

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About MMC Corporation Berhad

MMC Corporation Berhad (MMC) is a leading utilities and infrastructure group with diversified businesses under three divisions, namely ports & logistics, energy & utilities and engineering & construction.

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

Under the Energy & Utilities division, MMC is the single largest shareholder of both Malakoff Corporation Berhad (Malaysia's largest independent power producer), and Gas Malaysia Berhad (sole supplier of reticulated natural gas in Peninsular Malaysia to non-power sector). MMC's Engineering & Construction division has further established itself in the sector with a leading role as the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) and underground works package contractor for the 51km Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) project (Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line) and Line 2 project (Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line). Prior to this, MMC has successfully completed the 329km 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 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. Page 5 of 5 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.

In other businesses, MMC owns Aliran Ihsan Resources Berhad, a water treatment plant operator 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. Additionally, MMC's Group Property arm 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 in Kulim. The Senai Airport City, TBPMIC and NTC (NTC) developments come under the ambit of Group Property's three operating companies – Senai Airport City Sdn Bhd, Seaport Worldwide Sdn Bhd and Northern Technocity Sdn Bhd respectively

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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,