KUALA LUMPUR: Monthly passenger movements for the Malaysia Airports group of airports together with Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (ISG) in Turkey crossed the 5 million mark for the primary time in December final 12 months.
In the assertion, the group mentioned they registered a complete of 5.35 million passenger movements the place Malaysia operations contributed 3.11 million or 58%, and ISG contributed 2.23 million or 42%.
“For Malaysia, the expansion was pushed principally by home visitors which registered 2.8 million passengers recording a 30% enhance from 2.16 million passengers in November, arising from the lengthy year-end festive holidays.
“International passenger movements additionally registered encouraging progress from November of 114% to 320,371 movements in December,” it mentioned, including that this enhance primarily attributed to the resumption of umrah journey and the implementation of the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) programme between Malaysia and Singapore.
Malaysia Airports managing director Datuk Iskandar Mizal Mahmood mentioned the demand generated by the VTL programme, as evidenced by the sold-out flights confirmed that such programme would be the catalyst for air journey restoration.
“We can even see the identical demand arising from the resumption of umrah journey since October. Our December 2021 visitors efficiency is already at 41.6% of pre-COVID-19 ranges.
“Our position because the airport operator is to guarantee that we facilitate all the extra SOPs and processes required for such journey. We are in fixed dialogue with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC), the Ministry of Health (MOH), the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) and the KLIA Department of Immigration to enhance passenger expertise,” he mentioned in a press release as we speak.
Meanwhile, in tandem with the expansion in passenger movements in Malaysia, Malaysia Airports recorded a complete of 40,147 plane movements in December, a 21% enhance from November. International flights additionally elevated by 15% to six,582 flights in December from 5,732 flights within the previous month.
As for ISG, it continues to file constant complete passenger movements above 2 million since June 2021 on account of the nation’s excessive vaccination charge and the lifting of interstate journey restrictions and recorded 2.5 million passenger movements final month. – Bernama