Malacca International Airport, formerly known as Batu Berendam Airport, is a public airport situated in Batu Berendam, Malacca in Malaysia. It is owned by the Government of Malaysia and operated by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad. It serves the city and the state of Malacca, as well as northern Johor. Built in 1952, the airport has a land area spanning 141 acres (0.57 square kilometres). It serves as the base of the Malaysian Flying Academy (MFA), which has been operating at the airport since 1987. Its new terminal, which commenced operations in 2009, can handle 1.5 million passengers per year.
What to see & do
Malacca, dubbed as "The Historic State", is the third smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis and Penang. It is the capital of the state of Malacca, on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia, bordering Negeri Sembilan to the north and Johor to the south. Malacca has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 7, 2008. Check out the heritage area and visit Baba and Nyonya Peranakan Museum, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Christ Church, Dutch Square, Malaysian Navy Museum, Malay and Islamic World Museum, Masjid Kampung Hulu, Muzium Budaya/Sultanate Palace, Porta de Santiago, and Saint Paul's Church, among others. Outside town are Geok Hu Keng Temple, Kampung Morten, Melaka Zoo, Padang Kemunting Sea-Turtle Sanctuary, Recreational Forest Ayer Keroh, and Taman Mini Malaysia and Mini ASEAN. Malacca hosts numerous events and festivals all-year round, so you might catch one or two during your stay in the city.
How to get around within Malacca
Although not a compact city, you can explore Malacca on foot, or rent a bike. The means of public transport in the city include a 1.6-kilometre monorail system along the northern section of the river, by car (although note that the roads at the historical parts of the city are narrow and are therefore easily congested), by metered or chartered taxi, by bus, and by trishaws.
How to get there
Malacca International Airport is located approximately 10 kilometres from the city of Malacca. The Firefly airline offers domestic flights from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and limited international flights to nearby Indonesian destinations. Sky Aviation, Wings Air, and Firefly also offer flights; the first two to and from Pekanbaru in Sumatra, Indonesia; the third one to and from Medan in Sumatra and Subang. From the airport, there are Batang Buses (yellow, cream, and red) that covers the airport from Melaka Sentral. The nearest major airport is Kuala Lumpur International Airport, a one to two-hour drive from Malacca. There are also long-distance buses that service the city of Malacca, connecting it with Kuala Lumpur, Seremban, Johor Bahru, Singapore, and other parts of Peninsular Malaysia. Long-distance and local buses operate from the Melaka Sentral bus terminal, about 4.5 kilometres from the city centre. If you’re driving, Malacca can be accessed from the North South Expressway. There are also chartered taxi services available at end of Jalan Kee Ann. It’s also possible to get in by ferry to the city via daily ferries that run to and from Bengkalis, Dumai and Pekanbaru in Sumatra, Indonesia, which all arrive and depart from the Harbour Master's jetty (Jeti Shahbandar) at Taman Melaka Raya near the Maritime Museum. Currently, there are no direct train services to the city, you’ll have to connect from the nearest railway station, which is at Pulau Sebang and then take the necessary trip to arrive to Malacca.
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