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Langkawi Airport: 5 things to know

by on September 18, 2019
 

Langkawi Airport (Langkawi International Airport) is a single runway airport serving the Langkawi island group in Kedah, Malaysia. The airport caters to both international and domestic traffic, with both scheduled and charter flights.

Langkawi Airport ‘must knows’

Langkawi Airport, located in Padang Matsirat, is about halfway along the south-eastern coast of the island, mid-way between Kuah town in the east and Burau Bay to the west. The runway protrudes slightly into the bay.

1. Airport layout

The airport has a single, one level terminal, with a ‘straight through’ arrangement. There are no aerobridges, but umbrellas are provided on rainy days. Please advise your airline in advance if you need any special assistance.

2. Getting to and from the airport

Taxi
Langkawi Airport

Entrance to the terminal building.

The Airport is served by city taxis which use a coupon system, with rates fixed based on your destinations. Purchase coupons at the Taxi counter located at Door 4 of the terminal building.

By car (self-drive / drop off or collect)

The large international car hire firms do not have a presence at Langkawi Airport. However, a number of local car hire firms have counters in the arrival area. They offer competitive rates and some negotiation on price may be available. 

Public Transport

There are no scheduled bus services in Langkawi, including to and from the airport. If you do not have a hire car, your accommodation may be able to include airport transfer, most of the larger hotels do offer this service. 

3. Arriving

The baggage carousel, with trolleys behind.

The entrance to the arrival lounge is very colourful and signage is clear. If you are arriving off an international flight, keep to the left. You will pass through Immigration and then to the baggage collection area. Trolleys are available at no cost.

The wait for baggage is not usually long, as this is generally not a busy airport, most of the day.

After collecting your luggage, proceed to Customs. There is no duty free arrival shop to slow you down, as Langkawi is a duty free island and most goods are cheaper downtown. 

Meeting People

Langkawi Airport

Open parking is available at the airport.

Arriving passengers emerge from the airport terminal at Gate 4. There is also a taxi coupon desk inside the door.

Parking

Parking is available in the open car park in front of the terminal building. Rates are reasonable  (MYR2 for the first hour, MYR1 for each subsequent hour) There is a daily rate of MYR10.

4. Departing

Checking-in

Langkawi Airport

All passengers must pass Customs scanning before check-in.

All travellers who stay 72hrs or more in Langkawi are entitled to take out duty free goods when they leave. What you can take is generally dependent on your destination.

You are required to pass through the customs scan before you proceed to the check-in counter.

The check-in area is in a glass half-walled area with access only through the customs lane. The bag wrapping service is located inside the glass walled check-in area, opposite the check-in counters.

For ticketing enquiries, look for the Airline stations outside the glass wall, opposite the check-in area.

Services and facilities

This newsagent and a coffee shop are the only shops inside the departure lounge.

The airport toilets are clean and a nursing room is available. For Lounge facilities, look for the Premium Plaza Lounge opposite the entrance to the Departure Gates. 

There are no duty free outlets inside the departure lounge after you pass through the security checks. 

Duty Free

There are duty free shops in the main terminal area selling a range of goods including small electronic items, liquor, cigarettes, chocolates, cosmetics, clothes and souvenirs. 

Where to eat?
Langkawi Airport

Plaza Premium Lounge, Public toilets.

The airport Food Garden takes up a large space in the central aisle of the terminal, offering a good variety of reasonably priced meal and snack choices. At the Departure end of the terminal look for coffee, burger and local food outlets.

5. Other useful info

The airport code is LGK and you can call them +60 4955 1311. Arrival and Departure information is available on the airport website, though it may take a while to load.

Plane spotters can find a number of good places to wait for their photos, including Laksa Ikan Sekoq Langkaw, a local foodstall selling laksa and drinks along Jln Kuala Muda. It’s right beside the runway, by the beach and you get a good view of aircraft taking off and landing.

Be aware though, that plane spotting apps may not work in the area, if you’re wanting to identify the flight or timing.  

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