MAHB Records 150 Percent Jump In Passenger Movement

MAHB’s network of airports recorded 2.4million passenger movements in June 2021, an increase of 153.2% over June 2020. International and domestic passenger movements recorded 0.7million and 1.7million, respectively. On a last-twelve-month basis, MAHB’s network of airports contracted by 71.9% with 28 million passenger movements. Overall aircraft movements increased by 68.1% with international and domestic movements increasing by 161.8% and 43.6% respectively over June 2020.

Malaysian operations remained restrained by the recent lockdown on social and economic activities, registering just 200, 000 passengers, a decline of 57.1% year-on-year over last year period. International and domestic sectors recorded 59,000 and 128,000 passenger movements, respectively. Overall aircraft movements declined by 3.2%. International aircraft increased by 44.8%, while and domestic aircraft movements declined by 17.2%.

As for KLIA passenger movements,, there were 83,000 passenger movements. International and domestic sectors registered 57,000 and 26,000 passenger movements, respectively. The last-twelve-month passenger movements for KLIA Main Terminal and klia2 recorded 1.4million and 1.9million passenger movements. Overall aircraft movements at KLIA increased by 29.8% over June last year. International aircraft movements increased by 61.6%, while domestic aircraft movements at KLIA declined by 21.4%. Passenger movements at MASB airports declined by 64.9% year-on-year with 104,000 passenger movements in June 2021. Aircraft movements however declined by 14.3%. International aircraft movements increased by 8.0%, while domestic aircraft movements at KLIA declined by 16.6%.

Things do look brighter at the Istanbul Airport, the facility registered 2.2million total passenger movements, the highest total passenger handled for a month since the beginning of the pandemic, following the easing of Turkey border restrictions. MAHB’s network of airports registered 12.0million passengers in 1H21, a contraction of 55.5% over 1H20. Both international and domestic passenger movements declined by 72.9% and 41.9% respectively. Overall aircraft movements contracted to 41.7% over 1H20.

For the rest of the year, MAHB sees travel restrictions will continue to be put in place to contain the spread of pandemic with high record daily vaccine doses administered recently does provide some optimism for traffic to re-start at least for the domestic sector first. In other regions or countries, there were some early signs of a cautious cross-border traffic arrangements, allowing vaccinated travellers to travel but still maintaining some standard safety measures including digital health pass and testing prior to departures or upon arrivals.

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