Flights to Penang

Formerly known as Bayan Lepas International Airport, Penang International Airport is a distinct commercial airline infrastructure that serves Malaysia’s northern region. Opened in 1935, it is one of the oldest air transportation facilities in all of Asia. Despite this, it is still in a class of its own with regard to cleanliness, efficiency, and everything in between.

In 2009, it bagged two distinguished citations: the Best Emerging Airport Award in the 23rd annual Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA) and the Airport of the Year (less than 15 million passengers per year category) in the Frost and Sullivan Asia Pacific Aerospace and Defence Awards.

Many reputable air transportation companies operate at Penang International Airport and they are Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, SilkAir Private Limited, Cathay Pacific, AirAsia, Thai Airways, China Airlines, and China Southern Airlines, to name a few. 

Getting to tourist attractions and other important destinations 

Because of Malaysia’s diverse and developed transport network, which is characterized by 1,821 kilometers (1,138.12 miles) of expressways and 800 kilometers (500 miles) of main highway, getting to the city center from Penang International Airport is a breeze. The whole trip takes about 20 minutes, despite being separated by a distance of 16 kilometers (9.9 miles). Some of the most notable options that interested parties can choose from include rental cars, taxis, and buses.

  • Rental cars 

Penang International Airport is home to a number of rental car firms and they include global entities like the Hertz Corporation, Avis Rent a Car System, and National Car Rental as well as local companies like Sintat Rent a Car, Big Thumb Rent a Car, and SB Rent a Car.  

  • Taxis  

Taxi service at Penang International Airport is reliable, affordable, and organized. Also, it employs a strict reservation system and interested individuals are required to obtain a specialized voucher at the terminal building.  

With regard to fares, they vary depending on traffic conditions, distance, and time of the trip. However, it should be noted that there is a 50% surcharge from midnight to six in the morning.  

  • Buses 

City buses that are managed by Rapid Penang offer regular trips to a vast majority of Penang destinations. Plus, the fares that they charge are very much affordable.  


Penang International Airport may not be able to compete with some aviation hubs in Asia when it comes to size, but passengers can be rest assured that it is a, say, force to be reckoned with when it comes to prime service and efficiency. For one, its luggage check-ins as well as claims procedures are shorter and its personnel are some of the friendliest in the region. They are trained to deliver customer satisfaction and peace of mind.

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