SINGAPORE, 8 November 2018 - Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (Senai International Airport), a Member of MMC Group was named ‘Asia Pacific Small Airport of the Year 2018’ under category 10 million annual passengers at the recent CAPA Asia Pacific Aviation Awards for Excellence 2018.

CAPA's Aviation Awards for Excellence are regarded as the pre-eminent awards for strategic excellence in aviation held annually with two award events, one covering the global industry and another for Asia Pacific including the Middle East. CAPA's Aviation Awards for Excellence are intended to reward airlines and airports that are not only successful but have also provided industry leadership in adjusting to a new environment. The awards are independently researched by an independent international panel of judges and not driven by customer surveys or sponsorship.

The Asia Pacific Small Airport of the Year 2018 Award was presented to En Md Derick Basir, Chief Executive Officer of Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd by CAPA Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison at a gala ceremony held in Sentosa, Singapore.

Dato’ Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, the Chairman of SATSSB remarked, “We are truly honored and excited to receive this Award as it signifies our presence in the aviation industry and recognises our unwavering efforts in providing value added services for our customers and passengers.”

Senai International Airport was selected for its leading role in using new biometrics technology and its support of the LCC model, which has driven rapid growth.

“Senai International has had tremendous growth and has emerged as a leader in airport technology while operating in the shadow of much larger KLIA and Singapore Changi,” Mr Harbison said.

“Senai has developed a close win-win relationship with AirAsia, positioning it for more rapid growth and providing a model for other small airports in the region seeking to attract LCC hubs.”

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 a seamless self-service travel experience from check-in to boarding gates. By embracing the new technology, Senai Airport has improved its customer service and operations efficiency, enabling the airport to accommodate further rapid growth. Senai International Airport is currently connected to 19 destinations, including 12 domestic and seven international links.

The airport 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. International traffic has grown from only 17,000 passengers in 2012 to 444,000 passengers in 2017.

Md Derick said, “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 airline partners to mount flights from Senai Airport”.

“We forecast that the passenger traffic for full year 2018 will grow by 11% from 3.1 million in 2017 to 3.5 million passengers in 2018. International passenger volume is expected to grow by 33% while domestics, taking 80% of the total volume will increase by 7% against the previous year”.

Md Derick also shared that the growth is mostly attributed by the increased capacity created with the introduction of new routes by AirAsia to Alor Star and Ipoh, Malindo’s chartered flights to Sanya and Haikou and Jin Air’s scheduled flight to Seoul, Korea.

Photo caption: Md Derick Basir, Chief Executive Officer of Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (left) receives the award from Peter Harbinson, CAPA Executive Chairman

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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