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Malaysia’s third busiest airport has the official IATA code of PEN – standing in for Penang International Airport. Located a mere 9.9 miles/ 16 km south of George Town, the airport serves a large region and provides extensive links with major cities across South East Asia and beyond. George Town is Penang region’s capital city.
Penang has not lost in popularity with tourists, who over the years have come to adore the “Pearl of the Orient” and many return as often as they can. Malaysian people are friendly and charming and Penang, with its wonderful stalls selling delicious street food, its beautiful architecture and fascinating culture is attracting a large number of tourists every year.
In 2009 some 3.3 million visitors used Penang International Airport and in 2010 this had already increased to nearly 4.2 million passengers.
The official airport address is at
Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Penang, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, tel +60 (0) 4 643 44 11 and fax +60 (0) 4 643 5399.
Penang Airport serves mainly the north of western Malaysia and the premises are medium-sized, with check-in and baggage reclaim being comparatively faster than at large sites. Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu International are both busier and larger. Penang International is mainly used by two budget airlines, namely AirAsia and Firefly.
Better known carriers operating from Penang International Airport are Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Wings Air and Thai Airways International to name but a few. The carriers fly to destinations like Medan, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta or Guangzhou.
The airport’s runways are 10,997 ft / 3,352 meters in length and last year the location recorded some 147,057 tonnes of airfreight movements, not a bad achievement for an airport of this size!
In 2009, following a year on year increase of passenger numbers and freight movement requirements, the country’s finance minister announced that some RM250 million would be set aside for an expansion programme.
Passengers arriving at Penang have a choice of public transport available. There are taxis, of course, but there are also 3 bus routes taking visitors into the capital city. The Rapid Penang service has its own bus counter on the ground floor level of the arrivals hall and a ticket for bus line U401 costs around 2 – 3 Ringgit. The bus will stop at a number of halts until it gets to Komtar, from where a 5 to 10 minute walk will take visitors to hotels like the Tune Hotel. Due to the many stops, this service can be a lot slower than the name “Rapid” might suggest!
A the taxi counter in the arrivals hall, passengers can ask for assistance. Once the helpful staff know, which hotel a visitor is heading for, they will issue a voucher to the visitor, for which the visitor pays and the tourist then takes the paid voucher to the taxi stand. The taxi driver issues a counterfoil to confirm that the transaction has been concluded, when he/she delivers the passenger safely to their destination. This system is designed to reassure foreign travellers, who might be worried that due to language difficulties they might not negotiate the correct fare.
The fare depends on where one stays on Penang Island and there are 7 different zones. Zone 1 costs around 14 Ringgit, Zone 2 will cost around RM22 and Zone 5 to George Town will cost around RM38, if one wishes to be dropped off at the Hotel Berjaya. During 12am and 6am passengers will have to pay a 50% surcharge for taxi services, no matter where they go.
Local markets are famous and travellers rave about the variety of fruit and vegetables on offer as well as the amazing fusion of Asian food that one can buy cheaply from street vendors.
For more information about Penang International, please visit the official website at http://www.malaysiaairports.com.my
The Air Transport Association (IATA) code for Penang Airport is PEN. It is also identified as Penang International We have provided the GPS location which are as follows 5.30000, 100.26667 to help either your arrival directions to or perhaps give you directions from the airport to your chosen destination.
Please find below a selection of Airlines, Destination and approx flight times from Penang.
|Kuala Lumpur (KUL)||149||326 Km (203 Miles)|
|Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SZB)||89||280 Km (174 Miles)|
|Singapore Changi (SIN)||75||603 Km (375 Miles)|
|Medan (MES)||68||261 Km (162 Miles)|
|Langkawi (LGK)||36||129 Km (80 Miles)|
|Bangkok (BKK)||25||933 Km (580 Miles)|
|Hong Kong (HKG)||21||2,394 Km (1,487 Miles)|
|Johor Bahru (JHB)||18||577 Km (358 Miles)|
|Seoul Incheon (ICN)||11||4,454 Km (2,768 Miles)|
|Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE)||10||3,135 Km (1,948 Miles)|
Here you can see the busiest Airlines that fly from Penang are Malaysia Airline, Airasia and Firefly amongst others. They cover 27 flight routes out the total of 21. The busiest which is Malaysia Airline covers a total of 286 flights per week and goes to 11 destinations. Of all the destinations from Penang International, Malaysia Airline covers 28%. Malaysia Airline airline offers flights to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, Kuala Lumpur International, Changi, Langakawi International, Polonia and Suvarnabhumi International among others.
You can see below a selection of nonstop flights with approximate times
|Airliner||Destination||Flight Time (Est)|
|Malaysia Airline||Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SZB)||50 Minutes|
|Malaysia Airline||Kuala Lumpur (KUL)||58 Minutes|
|Malaysia Airline||Singapore Changi (SIN)||1 Hour 31 Minutes|
|Malaysia Airline||Langkawi (LGK)||23 Minutes|
|Malaysia Airline||Medan (MES)||46 Minutes|
|Malaysia Airline||Bangkok (BKK)||1 Hour 55 Minutes|
Many popular hire car companies are located at the airport and are situated either in the Arrivals lounge or very close by. You will need to present a valid driving licence and credit card if you intend to hire a vehicle. With so much choice of car rental at Penang airport it may be wise to book online before you arrive as there is limited choice of vehicles at certain times of the year.