Johor Bahru, 20 December 2019: Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATSSB), a Member of MMC Group today celebrated its latest milestone, handling four million passengers in a single year for the first time since its opening in 1974.

The four millionth passenger, Madam Lim Seoh Boey who was travelling with her three children, arrived at Senai International Airport at 10:50 am via AirAsia flight AK 6051 from Kuala Lumpur was welcomed with a special celebration led by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar bin Wan Chik accompanied by the Chairman of Johor State Tourism, Women & Family Development Committee, YB Cik Liow Cai Tung and Chief Executive Officer of SATSSB, Md Derick Basir.

Dato’ Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, the Chairman of SATSSB said, “It has been an amazing year for Senai International Airport. There has been a steady upward demand combined with the commitment by our airlines partners to increase capacity that make this achievement possible. Since taking over the airport in 2003, SATSSB has managed to handle a total accumulation of more than 33 million passengers with a consistent double-digit growth since year 2013.”

“This achievement is not possible without the support of our airline partners, government agencies, local authority, our customers and the people of Johor.”

In his speech, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar bin Wan Chik said “As a whole, the Johor state government has set a target of 8.4 million overnighting tourists and a total of RM18.4 million visitors for year 2020, in conjunction with the Visit Malaysia 2020 and Visit Johor 2020 campaigns. We are hoping to see an economic spillover of RM29.4 billion.

“With a Budget Johor 2020 announcement of RM15 million, the highest ever given to the tourism sector in the state, we hope to be able to achieve stellar returns in the coming year.”

“I am confident that Senai International Airport will continue to play a significant role in helping the Johor state government to boost the tourism sector by maintaining the existing 12 domestic and seven international flight routes, including the latest Kota Bharu flight by Firefly, and also adding more to that line up.”

During the celebration, Md Derick Basir, Chief Executive Officer of SATSSB shared that the passenger volume for full year 2019 will hit a total of 4.2 million, a significant increase of 20% as compared to 3.5 million passengers handled in 2018.

The growth is mainly attributed by the increased capacity created by the introduction of new routes and the additional flight frequencies to existing routes such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Seoul.
The airport is currently operating at its maximum capacity of 4.0 million passengers per annum (MPPA). Addressing the terminal capacity issue, Md Derick has also announced that SATSSB is expanding its terminal to create more capacity.

The RM20 million project shall include the extension of the existing arrival and departure halls towards the south of the existing terminal building. Key elements include the construction of four new departure and boarding gates, additional new seating area, covered walkway connecting to aircraft parking bays, installation of additional baggage handling system and installation of escalator and elevator to link the existing terminal building to the new area.

Senai Airport handles an average of over 11,500 passengers and 110 flight movements daily with 80% of its operations and passengers contributed by AirAsia. Currently, the airport is connected to seven international and 11 domestic destinations operated by five airlines – AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, Firefly, Malindo Air and Jin Air.

Md Derick said, “The project shall increase the terminal building capacity by 1.0 MPPA from the current 4.0 MPPA to 5.0 MPPA.”

“As an important gateway to Johor State, we are always striving to enhance the passengers travelling experience as well as to upgrade the safety and security inside the terminal building and at the apron compound area. Upon completion of the project in Q2 2021, the airport guests will enjoy better space comfort, access and facilities as compared to the current situation.”

Photo caption standing in front from left: Md Derick Basir, Chief Executive Officer Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd; YB Muhammad Bakhtiar bin Wan Chik, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia; Madam Lim Seoh Boey with her three children and YB Liow Cai Tung, Chairman of Johor State Tourism, Women & Family Development Committee.


About Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd

Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd, 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 as Airbus A380 and Antonov 125. Currently, there are 5 airlines operating in Senai International Airport serving to 12 domestic and seven international destinations with an average of 110 flight movements and 11,500 passengers daily.

In 2018, Senai International Airport was named ‘Asia Pacific Regional Airport of the Year 2018’ under category less than 10 million annual passengers at the CAPA Asia Pacific Aviation Awards for Excellence 2018 for its leading role in using new biometrics technology and its support of the LCC model, which has driven rapid growth.

In January 2019, SATSSB 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.

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About MMC Corporation Berhad
MMC Corporation Berhad (MMC Group) is a leading utilities and infrastructure group with diversified businesses under four divisions, namely Ports and Logistics, Energy and Utilities, Engineering and Industrial Development.

Its key businesses under the Ports and Logistics division include the port operations of Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd, Johor Port Berhad, Northport (Malaysia) Bhd, Penang Port Sdn Bhd, Tanjung Bruas Port Sdn Bhd and Kontena Nasional Berhad, a logistics provider. 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, the country’s largest Independent Power Producer and Gas Malaysia Berhad, a total energy solutions provider.

MMC’s Engineering division has played a leading role for the implementation of the entire project including the underground works package in completing the 51 km Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang project (SBK Line) and is now the main contractor for the entire Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya project (SSP Line). MMC is also currently, undertaking key civil and infrastructure projects in the country namely Langat Centralised Sewerage Treatment Plant and Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant. Notably, MMC completed the 329 km Ipoh-Padang Besar Electrified Double Tracking Project and the innovative Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) motorway, the first of its kind, dual-purpose tunnel in the world.
Under Industrial Development, MMC Group's Property develops and manages close to 6,000 acres of industrial developments in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor and Kulim, Kedah, which includes the Senai Airport City, Tanjung Bin Petrochemical & Maritime Industrial Centre and the Northern Technocity.

In other businesses, MMC wholly-owns Aliran Ihsan Resources Berhad, a company which specialises in the full spectrum of water treatment and Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd, the operator of Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru – an emerging southern aviation hub and important gateway to Iskandar Malaysia.

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