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April 2024 Sees Strong Air Travel Growth, MAVCOM Attributes Surge to Seasonal and International Factors

20 May 2024


KUALA LUMPUR, 20 May 2024The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) today released the latest air passenger traffic statistics for April 2024, indicating substantial month-on-month (MoM) and year-on-year (YoY) growth.

Air passenger traffic in April 2024 reached 7.9 million, marking a strong 19.5 per cent YoY increase from April 2023 and an 8.0 per cent MoM increase from March 2024. This growth was largely driven by domestic air travel, particularly seasonal travel during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holiday period, with 3.9 million passengers recorded, reflecting a 14.9 per cent increase from March 2024. Domestic traffic accounted for 49.8 per cent of the total passenger traffic in April 2024. 

International traffic experienced a moderate increase of 1.9 per cent MoM to 4.0 million passengers. Notably, passengers traveling to and from the ASEAN region increased by 4.4 per cent MoM to 2.1 million, while non-ASEAN international traffic experienced a slight decrease of 0.7 per cent MoM to 1.9 million passengers. Overall, international traffic represented 50.2 per cent of the total passenger traffic in April 2024.

Total air passenger traffic in April 2024 achieved 86.3 per cent of the pre-pandemic levels of April 2019. International air passenger traffic led the recovery at 88.1 per cent of April 2019 levels. Domestic air passenger traffic also exhibited resilience, achieving 84.5 per cent of the traffic seen in April 2019.

The cumulative air passenger traffic from January to April 2024 reached 30.5 million, a 17.0 per cent YoY increase from 26.1 million passengers recorded over the same period in 2023. This growth was predominantly fuelled by a 39.4 per cent increase in international air passenger traffic, which stood at 15.8 million, up from 11.4 million in the first 4 months of 2023, reflecting the industry’s recovery momentum and the restoration of international routes and frequencies. Domestic traffic slightly decreased by 0.4 per cent YoY to 14.7 million. 

Enhanced international connectivity can be observed from the data, with airlines focusing their attention and resources on recovering international routes and frequencies, mirroring pre-COVID trends. Travel demand among consumers also reflects this trend. Overall, domestic and international passenger traffic accounted for 48.1 per cent and 51.9 per cent respectively, of the total traffic between January to April 2024. 

Datuk Seri Hj. Saripuddin Hj. Kasim, Executive Chairman of MAVCOM, stated, “The April 2024 air traffic figures indicate the ongoing recovery in the aviation sector. The resurgence of international traffic is a positive sign for the overall health of the global travel and tourism sectors, indicating that consumer confidence in air travel remains robust. We anticipate further acceleration in international travel, particularly with the 30-day visa exemptions for tourists from China and India.”

He added, “Furthermore, MAVCOM remains committed to supporting the aviation industry’s recovery, ensuring high standards of airport service quality (QoS), and safeguarding consumer rights. We have recently advanced the Airports QoS Framework at KL International Airport Terminals 1 and 2 to monitor queuing times and improve passenger experience. The aviation sector continues to play a pivotal role in connecting people and driving economic sustainability.”