Penang International Airport
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- Penang International Airport,
11900 Bayan Lepas,
- Domestic | International
- 3352m x 46m
- Airlines currently operating to this airport with scheduled services
- Air Hong Kong
China Southern Airlines
Indonesia AirAsia X
- Airlines currently operating to this airport via codeshare
- Air Mauritius
Air New Zealand
Delta Air Lines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Myanmar Airways International
Royal Brunei Airlines
Location of Penang International Airport, Malaysia
Ground Handlers and Cargo Handlers servicing Penang International Airport
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Lion Air Group Malaysian affiliate Malindo Air is focusing expansion in 2014 on its turboprop operation in response to opportunities on short routes within Malaysia. Malindo added five ATR 72-600s in 1H2014 and is taking another five in 2H2014, giving it a fleet of 13 ATR 72s but only eight 737-900ERs.
The heavy reliance on turboprops was not expected but enables Malindo to serve routes that are under the radar screen of all-A320 operator AirAsia. Malindo is instead competing mainly with Malaysia Airlines regional subsidiary Firefly as it has focused most of its expansion so far this year at Kuala Lumpur’s second airport Subang.
Malindo is planning to open by the end of 2014 a second turboprop base at Penang and is also looking at potentially opening bases in the east Malaysian cities of Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. The new bases will support several new routes, some of which are completely unserved.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) formally joined oneworld on 1-Feb-2013, giving the alliance 12 full members and its first member in Southeast Asia. For oneworld, MAS fills a white spot in one of the world’s fastest growing regions. For MAS, oneworld supports the carrier’s new focus on the premium end of the market.
MAS is in the latter stages of a restructuring which began at the end of 2011, when it unveiled a new business plan. Joining oneworld is a key component of the business plan. While only three oneworld members currently serve MAS’ Kuala Lumpur hub, joining the alliance expands its virtual network and increases its relevance in the premium market.
New oneworld member Malaysia Airlines seeks to finally turn the corner in 2013 but challenges remain
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is starting to show some signs of progress in its latest turnaround effort, after a year of restructuring and almost constant adjustments to its new business plan. The carrier’s management team is confident the flag carrier will finally turn the corner in 2013 and that its upcoming entrance into oneworld particularly boosts its outlook. But MAS still faces several challenges and there is always a risk of Malaysian politics quickly erasing the positive aspects of the recent restructuring.
MAS should not be banking on oneworld, which it will formally enter on 01-Feb-2013, being its panacea. Only three oneworld carriers serve Kuala Lumpur and relations with MAS’ sponsor, Australia’s Qantas, cooled significantly earlier this year after talks over establishing a new joint venture carrier ended.
Project Orca, which envisioned Qantas and MAS joining forces to establish a new Malaysia-based A330 operator on routes within Asia-Pacific including Australia, was a logical solution for both carriers’ international woes. But MAS strongly disapproved of the commercial terms proposed by Qantas and now that Qantas has got into bed with Emirates it faces the prospect of the carrier which brought it into oneword emerging as a bigger competitor rather than key partner.
Australia’s regional airports, including Sydney’s Bankstown Airport, have the opportunity to attract new budget airline services, with the announcement of Tiger Airways’ plans to add two light-weight A319s to its Australian fleet this year. Virgin Blue is adding several Embraer regional jets to its fleet this year as it targets more routes dominated by the Qantas Group.
For many airports, the growing influence of low cost carriers
(LCCs) can mean a reduction in airport charges.