Penang International Airport (PEN)


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Penang airport address: Penang International Airport (PEN) Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa, Bayan Lepas, 11900, Penang, Malaysia

Penang airport code: PEN

Penang airport contact number: +60 (0)4 6434411

Penang International Airport (PEN, also known as Bayan Lepas airport) is the oldest airport in Malaysia and is a hub for AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines. Penang Airport is located near Bayan Lepas at the southeastern tip of Penang Island. Although Penang airport is a medium-sized airport with frequent flights to Kuala Lumpur and other regional capital cities like Bangkok, Jakarta and Singapore, it is still one of the busiest airports in Malaysia. Due to Penang airport’s popularity amongst passengers and as a cargo hub, plans are underway to expand its facilities to accommodate 12 million passengers by 2029.

Whether you’re flying to Penang airport for business or travel, the island has much to discover. It is often referred to as the “Pearl of the Orient” because of its palm-fringed beaches and welcoming cosmopolitan people.

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Penang Airport is just under 20 km from the city centre. Penang is easily accessible by air with daily flights from major airports in the country & the region. Penang International Airport receives incoming flights from many international destinations, such as China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam and Qatar. It connects with all major cities in Southeast Asia. Langkawi Island is a 2-hour-45-minute ferry ride away or a short 35-minute flight. Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur is just a 50-minute flight away or can alternatively be reached by a 4-hour train.  Another option is to rent a car in penang airport and explore at your own leisure. Just minutes from the famous Penang street art, George town, Clan Jetties and Penang Hill, Penang International Airport is a gateway for millions of business and holiday travelers alike.

Penang Airport Advice

The Malaysian Immigration laws request that every person entering Penang Airport arrivals possess a valid passport with at least six months of validity from the date of entry into Malaysia. Always check your passport before you plan your trip to Penang.

Penang airport taxis work on a coupon system. In addition, the wait for them can be lengthy. Based on this, you may prefer to book your taxi in advance or consider car rental in Penang.

Penang International Airport combines retail and duty-free outlets, cafés and restaurants, and premium passenger lounges for travelling convenience and comfort. While the airport passenger numbers continue to increase, the airport will, in turn, advance to Penang airport and ensure a pleasant experience for all airport users. It can handle up to almost 7 million passengers per year. Its runway is 3,353 m long, and its airport cargo centre can handle 360,000 tonnes of cargo.

Penang Airport Travel News And Health Information

See the Ministry of Health Malaysia website for current, up-to-date news.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do travellers need an onwards or return flight ticket to enter Malaysia?

Yes. All foreign travellers must have a confirmed return ticket unless they are a Malaysian Permanent Resident, the entry permit holder/the holder of a long-term pass issued by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

Do travellers need to show proof of accommodation / where they stay in Penang upon arriving at Penang International airport?

No, this is not necessary.

Can transfer/transit passengers travel to Malaysia?

Yes they can.

What documents are passengers required to provide upon arrival in Malaysia?

At immigration, all travellers must present to the immigration officer:

  • A valid visa (for visa-required travellers)
  • A valid passport or an internationally recognized travel document.
  • A Boarding pass; and
  • Traveller’s Card display downloaded from the ‘MySejahtera mobile app’ (see
  • Using and downloading the MySejahtera app for travel to Malaysia
Must every visitor use the MySejahtera app before flying to Malaysia or Penang?

Yes. All visitors to Malaysia are required to download, install and then activate the ‘MySejahtera app’ and fill in the pre-departure travel form in the MySejahtera app before their flight/departure for Malaysia.

Children travelling with their parents or legal guardians can be registered as dependents of the parents/legal guardians within the MySejahtera app.

Children 12 years old and older who own and bring their smartphones to the airport can register for their own MySejahtera account.

Is insurance still a requirement for travel to Malaysia?

No, insurance is no longer required for flying to Malaysia or its Malaysian state of Penang. This travel amendment was put in place on 1st May 2022.

Does Penang Airport have Free WiFi?

You can stay connected at Penang airport with our free WiFi connection.
Simply follow these steps:

1) Turn on your WiFi in your device settings
2) Select the following: Airport@WiFi

that is all that is required to connect to the internet at Penang International airport.

For further assistance with airport WiFi connection, please approach and ask any ‘Airport CARE Ambassadors’ at the ‘Information Counters or throughout the Penang airport terminal.

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