The 'Award for Best Airport with Under 2 Million Passengers a Year in Asia-Pacific' went to Langkawi.
Langkawi International Airport is situated on the duty-free island of Langkawi in Kedah, Malaysia, known to be one of the most beautiful and magical tropical destinations in Southeast Asia. An archipelago that is fringed with powder-fine sands and green-clad hills, Langkawi is certified by UNESCO as a World Geopark. From its exotic marine life, mystical legends to its colonial history, this tropical paradise which is surrounded by 99 other islands will offer an electrifying treasure trove for all adventure seekers.
Situated on this heaven on earth, the Langkawi International Airport has an extended terminal and a runway that is capable of handling and accommodating B747 aircraft-type operation, 2.5 million passengers annually and up to 1,000 passengers during peak hours. The airport has played an important role as a venue and gateway, for many prestigious events such as the biennial Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA), Le Tour de Langkawi and the Langkawi International Dialogue.
Under Malaysia Airports’ Airport Commercial Model (ACM), Langkawi International Airport was also the first Leisure airport that had undergone interior design enhancement to frame the airport to be in line with the Langkawi blueprint, which is to turn the island into a holiday destination. The current retail space and revenue at the airport has seen an increase of 5% and 15% respectively as a result of the implementation of the ACM, optimising the airport’s true retail capacity.
The main airlines operating at Langkawi International Airport are Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Firefly, Malindo Airlines, Tiger Air, Silk Air and Cathay Pacific. Under the Langkawi Charter Flight Incentive, the airport also handles flights from Helsinki, Almaty, Pudong, Kunming and Incheon.