Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (“SATSSB”), a member of MMC Group, celebrated its latest milestone on 20th December 2019 for their remarkable achievement in handling four million passengers in a single year – the most since its opening in 1974.
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The four millionth passenger, Lim Seoh Boey, who was travelling with her three children, arrived at Senai International Airport via Air Asia flight AK 6051 from Kuala Lumpur. She was welcomed with a special celebration led by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik accompanied by Liow Cai Tung and Chief Executive Officer of SATSSB, Md Derick Basir.
During the celebration, Derick shared that passengers’ volume for the entire 2019 has hit a total of 4.2 million, a significant increase of 20% when compared to 3.5 million passengers handled in 2018. To further accommodate the increasing number of passengers, Senai Airport is also expanding its terminal.
“The project shall see the expansion of the current arrival and departure halls, with the construction of four new departure gates equipped with new seating area, covered walkway connecting to aircraft parking bays and new baggage handling systems at the arrival hall,” said Derick.
The airport is currently operating at its maximum capacity of 4.0 million passengers per annum. The expansion project, which is expected to be completed by middle of 2021, will increase the terminal capacity by 1 million passengers to accommodate 5 million passengers per annum.
“I hope Senai International Airport can consider showcasing local artworks, particularly visual arts, around the airport. Malaysia is not short of talented artists and an airport should be the place for them to share their talent. It is even better if the artwork can be put on sale for tourists to buy,” recommended Bakhtiar in his speech.
In conjunction with the celebration, Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik and Liow Cai Tung also officiated the latest facility at the airport called We Care Corner. It is a dedicated waiting area for the use of ‘Young Passengers Travelling Alone’, the elderly as well as the ‘physically-disabled’.