27 January 2023
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) announced that its airports handled 83.9 million passengers last year, or 59.4 per cent of 2019 levels.
In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, MAHB said the figures marked the first full year of traffic recovery since border closures in March 2020.
“Malaysia’s passenger movements fared equally well last year, recording 52.7 million passengers, reaching 50.0 per cent of 2019 levels.
“The reopening of international borders from April 1, last year was a significant milestone for Malaysia and was in line with other countries in the region in easing travel restrictions,” MAHB said.
It also said international passenger movements reached 47.7 per cent and domestic passenger movements reached 70.1 per cent of 2019 levels with 32.2 million and 51.6 million passengers, respectively.
December last year recorded the highest monthly passenger movements since Feb 2020 with 9.5 million passengers, reaching 74.0 per cent of 2019 levels.
Meanwhile, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SGIA) ended the year strongly with 31.2 million passenger movements, equivalent to 86.7 per cent of 2019 levels, facilitated by less rigorous travel restrictions in the region.
International passengers at SGIA increased by 75.1 per cent with 15.7 million passengers.
“It is noteworthy that international passenger movements have surpassed the 2019 level, recording a growth of 10.4 per cent over the corresponding period in 2019,” it said.
Overall cargo movements for the network of airports remained resilient for last year, registering a growth of 3.6 per cent to 1,063 tonnes over 2021, MAHB noted.
Domestic cargo recorded double-digit growth of 11.3 per cent over 2021 to 302,229 tonnes, while international cargo movements recorded a 0.9 per cent growth to 760,931 tonnes.
The recent announcement on China’s reopening of borders also provided further optimism for better growth in the international sector for this year, it said. – Bernama
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