Penang International Airport (IATA: PEN, ICAO: WMKP), previously known as the Bayan Lepas International Airport, is situated outside the Bayan Lepas suburb in Southwest Penang Island, Penang, Malaysia. The airport is located 14 km (8.7 mi) south of George Town, the capital city of Penang. It is the oldest airport in the country, being opened in 1935 when Penang was part of the Straits Settlements.
Penang International Airport is a medium-sized airport with good connections to major cities in South East Asia. The airport serves as the main airport for the northern region of Malaysia. Passengers arriving or departing from the north will have a view of George Town, Butterworth, and both the Penang Bridge and the Second Penang Bridge. Waiting times for check-in and baggage claims are relatively short compared to other larger regional airports. The airport is not crowded and basic facilities are available for users.
In 2013, over 5.48 million passengers transited through the Penang International Airport. 60,020 aircraft movements were registered. Penang International Airport is the third busiest airport in the country, after Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport, and second busiest in terms of international passenger and cargo traffic after Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
The airport is the hub of two low-cost carriers, namely Airasia and Firefly.
Penang International Airport won the Best Emerging Airport (Asia) award in the 23rd annual Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards 2009 (AFSCA) and Airport of the Year (below 15 million passenger annually) in the 2009 Frost and Sullivan Asia Pacific Aerospace and Defence Awards.
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