JOHOR BAHRU, 28 January 2019 – Senai International Airport has set another new record in 2018, handling 3.52 million passengers, a 13% increase from the number of passengers recorded in 2017.

The growth was mainly driven by domestic passengers with an increase of 9% or 234,650 passengers, from 2.68 million in 2017 to 2.91 million in 2018 while International passenger traffic rose by 37% or 163,127 from 0.44 million in 2017 to 0.60 million in 2018. Commercial aircraft movements recorded at 8% higher with a total of 35,574 landings and takeoffs.

Md Derick Basir, Chief Executive Officer of Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATSSB), a member of MMC Group said, “2018 has been our busiest year yet and we are anticipating for further growth in 2019.”

“The growth was fueled by the southern region's rigorous economic activities, escalating the demand for business and corporate travel, as well as the leisure sector.”

In particular, the rise in total passenger traffic in 2018 was mainly attributed by the introduction of new routes including Seoul by Jin Air, Sanya and Haikou by Malindo Air as well as Alor Setar and Ipoh by AirAsia in addition to the increase of flight frequencies for the existing sectors such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Langkawi and Bangkok.

“We are aggressively collaborating with the industry players including the tourism bodies and airlines to promote Johor as a destination, ultimately the aim is to encourage the demand for more air connectivity.”

“For 2019 Senai International Airport aims to handle 3.76 million passengers.”

“It is going to be a busy and exciting year for us now that we have also expanded our portfolio to manage Kertih Airport in Terengganu.” said Md Derick.

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

Its retail offerings has also improved with the opening of international brands such as Pizza Hut, Gong Cha, WH Smith, O’Briens Irish Sandwich Bar, Boost Juice and Burger King. The presence of the brand new outlets offers more value and choices for the airport’s users, in-line with the airport’s aim to increase international and local retailing brands to cater to the growth of passengers’ movement.

“Today, it is not just ‘an airport’ for travelling passengers, but has become ‘the place’ for the surrounding working communities to meet for business discussions.” added Md Derick.

Senai International Airport served more than 3.5 million passengers in 2018.

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 Antonov 125. Currently, there are 5 airlines operating in Senai International Airport serving to 12 domestic and 7 international destinations with an average of 100 daily flight movements.

In January 2019, SATSSB 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.

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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. 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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