Malacca International Airport (IATA: MKZ, ICAO: WMKM) (formerly known as Batu Berendam Airport is an airport located in Batu Berendam, Malacca in Malaysia. The Airport serves the city and the state of Malacca, as well as northern Johor. The 7,000 m2 (75,000 sq ft) terminal complex is equipped with international-standard amenities that can handle 1.5 million passengers annually. The airport's 2135m runway allow Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 operations.
The airport, which occupies 141 acres (0.57 km2) of land, was built in 1952.
The airport and particularly its control tower bears historical significance as it was the same tower which guided the plane of Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, to land from London on 20 February 1956. It was in Malacca that Tunku announced the date for the independence of then Malaya from the United Kingdom. Considering the historical nature of this control tower, the Chief Minister of Malacca, Mohd Ali Rustam is attempting to save the tower, by either relocating it, or by changing plans to incorporate the tower.
Between 2008 and 2014, the airport was served by Sky Aviation which operated flights from Pekanbaru 5 times per week. Flights ceased in 2014 when Sky Aviation suspended all operations.
“The state government is also discussing with Firefly and AirAsia to serve various routes via the Malacca Airport”.
Malaysia's hybrid airline, Malindo Air, has launched its four-weekly flights from the Malacca International Airport, Batu Berendam here to Penang and Pekanbaru, Indonesia on 4 November 2014.
In 2016, Indonesia's hybrid airline, XpressAir has launched its four-weekly flights from the Malacca International Airport here to Pekanbaru, Indonesia on 29 April 2016. China Southern Airlines launched inaugural charter flight from Malacca International Airport here to Guangzhou, China on 29 September 2016. By the end of 2016, China Southern Airlines stopped it's charter flights to Malacca.
The airport is also used as the base of the Malaysian Flying Academy (MFA), which has been operating out of the airport since 1987.
AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said he had discussed with Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in Putrajaya on 29 June 2016 for the potential of turning the Malacca International Airport into a Low-cost terminal. Tony said AirAsia want to use the Malacca airport but still haven’t been able to get MAHB to open the (Malacca) airport to AirAsia.
Construction of a new terminal started on 1 April 2006. The runway was upgraded from 1,372 m × 37 m (4,501 ft × 121 ft), to 2,045 m × 45 m (6,709 ft × 148 ft) and is now 2,135 m × 45 m (7,005 ft × 148 ft), allowing Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft to take off. The terminal complex was replaced by a new 7,000 m2 (75,000 sq ft) terminal equipped with international-standard amenities. The control tower was replaced and complemented with advanced aeronautical devices. Both ends of the runway now contain facilities to guide night landing and better assure safety in bad weather conditions.
In May 2009, the new terminal was officially opened. The new terminal could handle 1.5 million passengers annually as opposed to the 30,000 of the old terminal. The airport was visited by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in February 2010. In his visit, he officially renamed the airport Malacca International Airport.
APR-Aerospace Engineering has built a hangar in Malacca International Airport which can accommodate Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 for Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, Aircraft modification and retrofits, Aircraft technical handling and ground support services, Aircraft spare support and pooling, Technical training on aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul and Structured On-the-Job Training for APR-ATC's TAME program. The hangar was completed in April 2016.
The major facilities that are found in this airport include taxi services, gift shops, cafe, duty-free outlets, conference rooms, multi-purpose meeting and event centre, wheelchair service, staff assistance and free WiFi internet access.
Malacca International Airport is one of the seven airports in Malaysia that provide e-Visa facilities for Chinese tourists begins September 2016.
In August 2015, Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announce that federal government is mulling a proposal to expand the Malacca International Airport, particularly in conjunction with the recent Cabinet endorsement of the southern state’s “twin state” status with China’s Guangdong city. Melaka International Airport will upgrade it's runway, apron, aerobridge and taxiway.
In October 2016, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Malacca International Airport (LTAM) in Batu Berendam here may be relocated to accommodate larger aircraft like the Boeing 777. Liow said a decision will be reached by end of 2016 whether to move the airport to another location or remain at its present site based on the recommendation from an aviation consultant.
In 30 January 2017, State Transport, Project Rehabilitation and International Trade Committee chairman Datuk Lim Ban Hong said the runway of MIA will be extended to 2,500m following the decision by the Federal Government to extend the runway in a bid to accommodate larger aircraft without the need for land acquisitions while the work is expected to be completed in a short span of time.
This is the easiest way to get in and out of the airport. There is a taxi booth inside the terminal building, so arriving passengers can directly go to the booth and get on the taxi right away.
Uber and Grabcar are now available in Malacca International Airport.
Mahkota Medical Centre, Putra Hospital and Pantai Hospital provide free shuttle services on a daily basis from Malacca International Airport to their Hospital respectively.
Malindo Air ATR72-600 at Malacca International Airport
Duty Free Shop at Melaka Airport - Arrival & Departure Hall