Johor Bahru International Airport in Senai is experiencing a boom in passengers number. A performance which has a lot to do with the presence of Legoland Resort Malaysia in the Southern State of the country.
While air transport in Malaysia stagnated or grew little in 2015 due to the country’s economic crisis and depreciated currency, one airport however did not seem to suffer of any slowdown. Senai International Airport, located in the Southern Malaysian state of Johor Bahru performed extremely well, growing by over 11% last year compared to a growth in total passengers of 1% for all Malaysian airports. Of airports receiving over a million passengers a year, only Kota Bharu in Kelantan showed a better performance, with passengers traffic up by 14.6% in 2015.
Senai International Airport accommodated close to 2.6 million passengers, up from 2.3 million a year earlier. It was the highest record in the airport’s history to date and make the airport the sixth busiest in Malaysia and the fourth busiest when excluding the Malaysian part of Borneo (East Malaysia).
And 2016 looks as promising as many new destinations are being added. Senai might by the end of the year be close or even surpass the three-million-passenger mark. The dynamic of the airport is supported by the growth of hub carrier AirAsia which speeds up the development of its network out of Johor Bahru. The AirAsia Group is represented in Senai by three airlines (AirAsia Bhd, Indonesia AirAsia and Thai AirAsia) operating a total of seven domestic routes and six international routes. Latest addition last April was a daily frequency to Hat Yai in Southern Thailand by Thai AirAsia. Flights to Guangzhou in Southern China are planned for the end of May while a new connection is also due to be set with the Philippines in the near future, according to AirAsia Bhd CEO Aireen Omar in talk with Malaysia News Agency Bernama.
Senai Airport has been enjoying a boom in traffic with passengers number doubling from 2010 to 2015. Growth accelerated from 2013 following the opening of theme park Legoland Resort Malaysia at the end of 2012. Legoland welcomes between 1.5 and 1.8 million visitors a year and is now Johor Bahru most visited attraction.