MAHB: Local airports record 6.3 million passenger traffic in Jan 2023

25 Feb 2023 01:10am
Photo for illustrative purposes - 123RF
Photo for illustrative purposes - 123RF
KUALA LUMPUR - Local airports operated by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) group registered a total of 6.3 million passenger traffic movements in January 2023.

In a statement today, the airport operator said this was the second consecutive month in which total traffic hit the six million-mark and it represents 75 per cent recovery against pre-pandemic levels.

It said international traffic fared well with 2.8 million passenger movements recorded, similar to levels seen in December 2022.

This 62.5 per cent recovery against 2019 levels was mainly driven by China’s reopening of international borders early last month, it added.

The balance of 3.5 million passenger movements were made up of domestic traffic passenger movements, contributed by the festive season and additional flight offerings by MYAirline and AirAsia.

MAHB managing director Datuk Iskandar Mizal Mahmood said the group continues to be optimistic on the recovery of both local and global air travel.

He said the group’s traffic performance has been very positive in the last several months.

"January’s total passenger traffic movements stood at nine million, representing an 81.3 per cent recovery against 2019, with operations in Malaysia contributing close to 70 per cent of the group’s total.

"These positive developments were made possible with the continuous resumption of airline operations and flight routes, as well as the introduction of new destinations," he said.
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Meanwhile, Iskandar Mizal said the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Turkiye recorded 2.8 million passenger movements in January, a 3.6 per cent growth over December 2022, with international and domestic passenger movements registering 1.5 million and 1.4 million passengers respectively. - BERNAMA