Penang (PEN) International Airport-enjoy the views of Georgetown and Penang Bridge as you fly
Penang International Airport is the third busiest airport in Malaysia. It is located 16km south of George Town the capital city of Penang. Penang International Airport is a medium-sized airport with connections to major cities in the South East of Asia. It is medium sized but it serves as the main airport for the northern region of Malaysia. Passengers travelling through Penang (PEN) International Airport will enjoy the view of Penang Bridge, George Town and Butterworth. The airport is largely spaced and thus overcrowding is not a problem and there are a wide range of basic facilities available. It mainly serves low cost carriers such as AirAsia and FireFly.
Penang (PEN) International Airport was formerly known as Bayan Lepas International Airport. It is one of the oldest airports in Malaysia. The airport was opened in 1935 when Penang was part of the Straits Settlements which were a group of British territories located in Southeast Asia and controlled by the British East India Company which was later dissolved after the end of the Second World War. Penang (PEN) International Airport was officially opened on 2nd June 1979. It covers an area of 6841 acres. It has a catchment area with a population of 5.7 million people. In 2013 Penang International Airport was used by over 5.48 million passengers and more than 60,020 aircraft movements in and out of the airport were registered. Penang International Airport is currently operated by Malaysia Airport Holdings. The airport is in the process of coming up with a third low cost carrier terminal. This is at an attempt to increase the number of flights going through the airport.
Numerous aircrafts operate from this airport. They fly to numerous destinations throughout the world. Some of these are Malaysian Airlines, AirAsia Wings Air, China Southern Airlines, Thai Airways and Cathy pacific. It has terminals that cover domestic destinations and others that cover international destinations. The airport is currently being renovated to cater for an extra terminal for the increasing air traffic in the airport which will be termed as the community terminal so as to better cater for the needs of budget travellers.
Since it started its operations, Penang International Airport has been successful in its operations and has won several awards including:
· Best Emerging Airport (Asia) award in the 23rd annual Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards 2009 (AFSCA)
· Airport of the Year in the 2009 Frost and Sullivan Asia Pacific Aerospace and Defense Awards.
Routes and destinations
Penang International Airport hosts carriers from different parts of the world. The carriers from the airport fly to destinations like Medan, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Hong Kong, Jakarta or Guangzhou and many others. The airport links major cities in Southeast Asia
Why fly through Penang International Airport
How to check in
Passengers can check in the airport for bookings and reservations. There are customer care help desks where one can always ask the way to go through once they land in the airport. The passengers are supposed to make their reservations and bookings at the airports check desk. To avoid inconveniences, the airport has regulations that oblige all passengers to arrive at specific times before their flights and check in. International flights are the ones that usually have a tight booking schedule and the passengers are require to have checked in not less than an hour before the flight’s departure to avoid inconveniences.
Baggage and allowance
The passengers are supposed to present their luggage for checking before boarding the flight. This is according to airport regulations. The limit to the size and weight of the baggage is checked before boarding any flights and any extra baggage will be charged accordingly. The passenger is only required to take one bag with them I their flight and the rest of the baggage is tagged and carried in the cargo section.
Before boarding any airline in the airport, the passenger is provided with the seat number that has been reserved for them and they are given a card to confirm after boarding the flight. This avoids confusion when it comes to boarding the flight for takeoff. It also makes it easier for the passengers to know their seats and avoid confusion. There are different kinds of seats from the normal to the VIP section seats and these vary with the passenger’s booking and reservation. To avoid last minute rush, the passengers are asked to have confirmed their seats before departure time.
Since there are many airlines in the airport and all of them have different booking fees, the passengers are requested to make their bookings in time and in full. To avoid confusion, the passenger should be familiar with the different booking fees for all the airlines and choose the one that suits them best.