Which are the international airports in Malaysia

Malaysia: with which airlines book cheap domestic flights?

Few Southeast Asian countries have as good a route network as Malaysia. This helps to bridge the long distances from east to west. But which airline flies where? And which airport is near your destination? You can find the answers here.

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Tips on domestic flights in Malaysia

getting there

Those who come from German-speaking countries can only book non-stop flights to Malaysia from Frankfurt. Alternatively, you can travel via Paris or London. Flights with the airlines that head for the Arab hubs from Germany, Austria or Switzerland are particularly inexpensive at the moment. It is also worth comparing whether a connection to neighboring countries might cost significantly less. Because flights from Thailand to Malaysia are cheap. Same goes for Singapore.

Two airports in Kuala Lumpur

All long-distance flights land at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (abbreviation: KLIA). There you will receive a Visa on Arrival upon entry. If you are traveling from other Southeast Asian countries, there are other options, as Malaysia has several international airports.

There are two airports in the vicinity of the capital Kuala Lumpur. The KLIA is the largest in the country. It is around 50 kilometers from the city. Sufficient time and money should therefore be taken into account for the journey.

The KLIA started operations in 1998. It replaced the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport as Malaysia's main airport. Due to the adjacent residential development, the necessary expansion was not possible at the time. Today only three airlines offer scheduled flights from there, namely Berjaya Air, FireFly and Malindo Air. You can find the airport under the name Subang (abbreviation SZB).

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From east to west

The route network in Malaysia is excellent. Inexpensive flights can be booked to almost any destination. All airlines have websites in English. A booking is easily possible with the credit card. Of course, traveling by bus or train is cheaper, more environmentally friendly and you can experience more. However, if you want to go from West Malaysia to the island of Borneo, you have practically no other choice. The airlines Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air operate between the two parts of the country.

How do I find the right flight?

To do this, you need to know the following things:

  1. Which airport is near my destination?
  2. Which airline does this airport fly to?

I list both below. Then you can then compare the prices of the different providers with each other.
After extensive testing, I almost only use the flight search engine Skyscanner for this. Momondo is ideal for open jaw flights.

List of airports in West Malaysia including airport code

  • Alor Setar (AOR)
  • Johor Bahru (JHB)
  • Kerteh (KTE)
  • Kota Bharu (KBR)
  • Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
  • Kuala Terengganu (TGG)
  • Kuantan (KUA)
  • Langkawi (LGK)
  • Penang (PEN)
  • Redang (RDN)
  • Subang (SZB)
  • Tioman (DEATH)

List of airports in East Malaysia (Sarawak and Sabah on Borneo) including airport code

  • Bintulu (BTU)
  • Kota Kinabalu (BKI)
  • Kuching (KCH)
  • Labuan (LBU)
  • Miri (MYY)
  • Mulu (MZV)
  • Sandakan (SGK)
  • Sibu (SBW)
  • Tawau (TWU)
Other small airports on Borneo that are only served by MASwings:

Bakalalan (BKM), Bario (BBN), Kudat (KUD), Lahad Datu (LDU), Lawas (LWY), Limbang (LMN), Long Akah (LKH), Long Banga (LBP), Long Lellang (LGL), Long Seridan (ODN), Marudi (MUR), Mukah (MKM), Tanjung Manis (TGC)

List of airlines relevant for domestic flights in Malaysia

  • Air Asia:
    Southeast Asia's best-known low-cost airline has a large route network in its home country, in which many airports can be used as hubs. In West Malaysia the flights go to: Alor Setar, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Terengganu, Langkawi and Penang. In East Malaysia (Borneo) there are flights to Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, Labuan, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau. To the website
  • Berjaya Air:
    The small Malaysian airline flew with its six planes from Subang Airport (Kuala Lumpur) to the popular tourist islands of Tioman and Redang. Currently (March 2015) these flights are no longer offered. To the website
  • FireFly:
    The regional airline is a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines and has nine airports in the route network in West Malaysia. Subang (Kuala Lumpur) and Penang (PEN) serve as hubs. The airline also flies to Alor Setar, Johor Bahru, Kerteh, Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan and Langkawi. To the website
  • Malaysia Airlines:
    The largest Malaysian airline has Alor Setar, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Terengganu, Kuanatan, Langkawi and Penang airports in its program. On the island of Borneo there are flights to Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Labuan, Miri, Mulu, Sandakan, Sibu and Tawau. Travel to other destinations is covered by the FireFly and MASwings subsidiaries. To the website
  • Malindo Air:
    The young airline started operations in 2013 and already offers a considerable range of domestic flights. Eleven airports are served, some of which act as hubs. There are flights in West Malaysia to: Alor Setar, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Terengganu, Langkawi, Penang and Subang (Kuala Lumpur). In East Malaysia the destinations are Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Sibu. To the website
  • MASwings:
    The subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines only flies in East Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Small propeller machines travel from Miri, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching to rural regions and remote coastal areas. The other airports are Bakalalan, Bario, Bintulu, Kudat, Labuan, Lahad Datu, Lawas, Limbang, Long Akah, Long Banga, Long Lellang, Long Seridan, Marudi, Mukah, Mulu, Sandakan, Sibu, Tanjung Manis and Tawau. To the website
  • Other providers:
    Layang Layang Aerospace and Sabah Air Aviation fly to remote areas in Borneo. To do this, they use small propeller machines and helicopters. There is no fixed flight schedule.

Where should it go?

Here you will find the most beautiful destinations in Malaysia and here all information about diving and snorkeling in Malaysia.

The main tourist destinations in West Malaysia and their airports

The popular islands of Langkawi and Penang on the west coast have their own airports. The Cameron Highlands and Taman Negara Nationpark are difficult to reach by domestic flights, as the airport is from Ipoh only has international destinations in the program.

To get to the Perhantian Islands or Redang on the east coast, the airports Kota Bharu and Kuala Terengganu are ideal. Tioman Island has a small airport. However, there are currently no bookable connections.

The city of Melaka in the south is best reached from Kuala Lumpur, as only international flights depart from its own airport.

If you want to go to the neighboring country Singapore, a flight to Johor Bharu can be cheaper. From there you can quickly cross the border.

The main tourist destinations in East Malaysia and their airports

The island of Borneo with its dense forests and wonderful underwater worlds has several airports. There are good connections to Kuching, from where it goes to the Bako National Park. Kota Kinabalu is the starting point for an ascent to Mount Kinabalu.

From Sandaka you get to Turtle Island National Park and to Sepilok and Kinabtangan, where orangutans can still be seen in the wild.

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All information is provided without warranty. This overview is regularly checked and updated. Due to frequent flight schedule changes, you should make sure that the route you want is still available on the airlines' websites when you start planning your trip.

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About the author

Stefan has been traveling to the countries of Southeast Asia since 2006 and often spends several months there. In 2013 he founded Fascination Southeast Asia and has since written several eBooks and books on the subject (including the insider travel guide “555 Tips for Bangkok”). Between his travels he lives and works in Düsseldorf.

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