Sultan Mahmud Airport
Sultan Mahmud Airport is an international airport of Terengganu. The airport is located in Kuala Nerus, located approximately 8 kilometres away from Kuala Terengganu. The international airport handled about 487,495 passengers and 10,045 aircraft movements in 2008. The name of the international airport was named after the 16th Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah who ruled the state of Terengganu from 1979 to 1998.
The airport is owned by the Malaysian government and it is operated by Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad. Sultan Mahmud Airport expanded its runway and upgraded the terminal after the Malaysian government approved a sum of RM200 million to upgrade the airport. The terminal is designed to cater up to 2 million passengers per year. Sultan Mahmud Airport terminal is much more attractive than other airports due to its glass and steel structure. The bright red colour roof and beautiful lush gardens also fit perfectly well. There is also a beautiful water fountain feature at the lobby and you are able to view airplanes taking off at the runway while you are waiting for your flight.
It is also said that Malaysian Airlines has an agreement with Tabung Haji to bring passengers to the holy land of Mecca for hajj through Jeddah and Medina in Saudi Arabia from Sultan Mahmud Airport. Previously, the airport only mainly serves domestic flights.
Sultan Mahmud Airport also serves different airlines such as AirAsia, Firefly, Malindo Airlines and Malaysian Airlines. You are also able to fly directly to Kuala Lumpur International Airport using AirAsia, Firefly or Malindo Airlines.
Traffic and Statistics
According to Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad, Sultan Mahmud Airport caters 394,240 passengers in 2003, 435,620 passengers in 2004, 419,475 passengers in 2005, 398,252 passengers in 2006, 430,800 passengers in 2007, 487,495 passengers in 2008, 523,619 passengers in 2009, 520,611 passengers in 2010, 502,966 passengers in 2011, 5500,831 passengers in 2012, 699,310 passengers in 2013, 842,651 passengers in 2014 and 857,239 passengers last year in 2015.
Hotels Located Near to Sultan Mahmud Airport
Some of the hotels that are located near to Sultan Mahmud Airport are:
- Primula Beach Hotel
- DJ Citi Point Hotel
- Sumai Hotel Apartment
- Grand Puteri Hotel
- Seoul Garden Paya Bunga Square Kuala Terengganu
- J Suites Hotel
- Hotel Tanjong Vista
- Felda Residence Kuala Terengganu
- Hotel Grand Continental
- Ming Star Hotel
- TH Hotel & Convention Center Kuala Terengganu
- The Regency Waterfront Hotel Kuala Terengganu
- Gem Beach Resort
- Asia Premium Hotel
- RIMBA Hotel