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MAVCOM Reports Continued Air Travel Growth in May Strong International Recovery

26 Jun 2024

 

KUALA LUMPUR, 26 JUNE 2024 – The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) today released the latest air passenger traffic statistics for May 2024, showcasing sustained growth and recovery in the aviation sector.

In May 2024, air passenger traffic reached 8.0 million, reflecting a modest yet steady 0.8 per cent month-on-month (MoM) increase from April 2024’s 7.9 million passengers and a significant 12.2 per cent year-on-year (YoY) rise from May 2023 which was at 7.1 million passengers. The growth was primarily driven by increased international travel, with both ASEAN and non-ASEAN regions contributing to the increase, despite a slight decrease in domestic traffic from the previous month. Notably, non-ASEAN air passenger traffic experienced the highest MoM increase at 2.9 per cent, climbing from 1.9 million in April to 2.0 million in May 2024. Overall international traffic saw a 2.2 per cent MoM growth.

In May 2024, domestic air passenger traffic constituted 49.1 per cent of the total, while international traffic accounted for 50.9 per cent. This marks a slight shift from April 2024, where domestic traffic was 49.8 percent whereas the international traffic was 50.2 per cent. The sustained higher contribution of international traffic highlights the growing preference for international travel.

Total air passenger traffic for May 2024 reached 97.2 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. International passenger traffic showed remarkable resilience, achieving 99.8 per cent of May 2019 levels with 4.1 million passengers. Domestic traffic also demonstrated a strong recovery at 94.7 per cent of 2019 levels, totaling 3.9 million passengers in May 2024 compared to 4.1 million in April 2019.

For the first five months of 2024, cumulative air passenger traffic stood at 38.5 million, a 16.0 per cent YoY increase from 33.2 million during the same period in 2023. International air passenger traffic surged to 19.9 million, marking a 38.3 per cent increase from 14.4 million in the first five months of 2023. This surge underscores the aviation industry’s robust recovery and the restoration of international routes and frequencies. Conversely, domestic passenger traffic slightly declined by 1.1 per cent YoY to 18.6 million, down from 18.8 million in the same period last year.

Domestic traffic accounted for 48.3 per cent and international traffic for 51.7 per cent of the total year-to-date passenger traffic. This distribution aligns with pre-COVID trends, where international travel typically had a higher share. The initial post-pandemic recovery saw domestic travel rebound first; however, the focus has now shifted back to international routes. This shift reflects a broader trend of rising consumer demand for international travel as global tourism recovers from pandemic-induced restrictions.

Datuk Seri Hj. Saripuddin Hj. Kasim, Executive Chairman of MAVCOM, stated, “The May 2024 traffic figures demonstrate the resilience and ongoing recovery of the aviation sector, particularly in international traffic, which is a positive indicator of global travel and tourism health. With the restoration of more international routes and increased flight frequencies, we anticipate this trend to continue. MAVCOM remains dedicated to supporting the aviation industry’s recovery, ensuring high standards of airport service quality and protecting consumer rights.”