Domestic Flights in Malaysia

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Domestic Flights in Malaysia

Search and buy domestic flights in Malaysia using the search bar above, or read on to discover more about Malaysian domestic flights including where to go and the best airlines for domestic flights. If you are looking for domestic flights in other countries, check out this page.

What is a domestic flight?

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Within Malaysia, a domestic flight is a flight that departs and takes off from one destination in Malaysia, such as Kuala Lumpur, which lands at another destination in Malaysia, for example Penang. Because the flight never leaves Malaysian territory, the flight is a domestic flight because it stays within the same country.

Because a domestic flight does not leave the country, it will often mean that you are not subject to border and immigration controls. It also means that you are not required to use your passport. However, you will still need a valid photo ID, so many people choose to use their passport anyway. Read more about travel documents here.

Why book domestic flights in Malaysia?

Malaysia is home to huge bustling cities such as Kuala Lumpur, with impressive skyscrapers such as the Petronas Towers. However, Malaysia also boasts cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Penang, glorious National Parks such as Taman Negara and paradise beaches such as Tunku Adbul Rahman National Park. It is also one of the cheapest countries in Southeast Asia.

Malaysia is also a large country, measuring nearly 330 sq km. Domestic flights are also a great way of getting around due to the narrow shape of the mainland, and also the many islands such as Borneo.

Many people decide to choose to fly domestically within Malaysia, because it not only saves time as air travel is quicker, but also because it is often cheaper than other transport options, especially with the introduction of low-cost airlines.

Busiest Airports in Malaysia

Based on 2018 data from Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad. Based on passenger traffic of people arriving, departs or passes through the airport.

Rank Airport City Served Passengers Airlines
1 Kuala Lumpur International Airport Kuala Lumpur, Selangor 59,988,409 AirAsia, AirAsia X, flyGlobal, Malindo Air
2 Kota Kibabalu International Airport Kota Kinabalu, Sabah 8,622,488 AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, MASWings
3 Penang International Airport George Town, Penang 7,790,423 FireFly, Malindo Air, Malaysia Airlines
4 Kuching International Airport Kuching, Sarawak 5,564,722 Malaysia Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, MASwings
5 Senai International Airport Johor Bahru, Johor 3,522,576 Malindo Air, Thai AirAsia, Jin Air
6 Langkawi International Airport Langkawi, Kedah 2,735,703 AirAsia, FireFly, Scoot
7 Miri Airport Miri, Sarawak 2,350,700 AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, MASwings
8 Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport Kuala Lumpur, Selangor 1,964,059 Berjaya Air, Citilink, Malindo Air
9 Sultan Ismail Petra Airport Kota Bharu, Kelantan 1,688,625 FireFly, Malindo Air, Scoot
10 Tawau Airport Tawau, Sabah 950,861 Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, AirAsia

What are the best airlines for domestic travel in Malaysia?

The following airlines are Malaysian airlines which operate domestic flights within the country:

AirAsia

AirAsia X

Malaysia Airlines

Malindo Air

FireFly

MASwings

Berjaya Air

flyGlobal

Malaysian Domestic Flights
FAQs

Do I need a passport for domestic flights in Malaysia?

A passport is generally only used when entering or leaving a country. Therefore, when travelling on a domestic flight you are not leaving the country and therefore you will not usually require a passport. However, because you will need a form of valid photo identification to check-in and board, many travellers will often opt to use their passport anyway. Please check the rules of the airline anyway, as some may have different flying rules.

What is the baggage allowance on Malaysia domestic flights??

The baggage allowance varies depending on the airline, route and fare you are flying. Check your specific allowance with the airline directly or on your eTicket, as sometimes the routes and aircraft travelling on may mean the baggage allowance varies. Also be sure to check the dimension restrictions of baggage, so that you are not charged for excess baggage.

What time do I need to check-in for a domestic flight in Malaysia?

Although the check-in times will vary depending on the airline and airport you are flying with, the check-in deadline time for domestic flights is often later than it is for international flights, as passengers generally need less time to get through the immigration and border controls at the airport.

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