Malacca International Airport is the primary transport centre for the northern areas of Johor and its home city, Malacca, located Batu Berendam in Malaysia. It is the main travel hub for this area of the country, making it a significant national transport centre, and one of the busiest, serving 1.5 million passengers every year. The airport itself covers 7,000 square metres, including a major terminal for international flights and a 2135 metre long runway, with most of its top-flight services travelling to North America.
Malacca International Airport consists of one large terminal complex, with hangars and a runway accommodating some of the largest and most impressive aircraft’s in the world, such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320. Inside the terminal, visitors can enjoy the numerous airport facilities, including many gift shops and duty-free outlets selling clothing, beauty products, souvenirs, books, shoes, stationery and many more items. In addition to shopping, visitors can relax in a café or restaurant, and there are various meeting rooms, events centres, private lounges, nearby hotels and Wi-Fi services. Malacca International Airport is also home to the Malaysian Flying Academy, which operates in the terminal and uses the space for aviation training and practice exercises.
For drivers to Malacca International Airport, there are various car parking facilities available, covering both short term and long term stays, and taxis operate from just outside the terminal building. The iconic yellow and red Batang Buses have services to and from the airport, which visitors can take to travel into the centre of the city.
Malacca International Airport was built in 1952 and quickly became a site of historical significance, as it welcomed the first Prime Minister of Malaysia into the country on 20th February 1956, who travelled in on a flight from London. Over time, the airport collected more international and domestic airlines and became the base of the Malaysian Flying Academy in 1987. It faced a large expansion project in 2006, as the runway was extended and the terminal was considerably updated to international standards, officially opening in May 2009, now facilitating 1.5 million annual passengers rather than the previous number of 30,000.