Air Travel to Langkawi
It's hard to forget the experience of the flight just before landing into Langkawi's International Airport. Since the first time I had that experience, every time we fly back to Langkawi, I would ensure that I get a window seat on the right either in front (like row number 7 in Air Asia) or at the back so that the wings don't block the view.
The last five minutes flight is simply amazing. You will see how the plane flies above the many islands on the emerald waters of Andaman Sea many of which are like mountains jutting out of the water. And as the plane descends towards the runway, you will see the full curved stretch of the famous Pantai cenang Beach .. an awesome view.
More than the flying experience, it's the convenience why we often prefer to fly into Langkawi. If you are coming from mainland Kedah, Penang or a neighboring country like Thailand, the other good option is to take a Ferry Service
Flying Time To Langkawi
Let's look at the flying time from various places to Langkawi:
1) Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi: 1 hour 10 minutes Approx.
2) Penang to Langkawi: 35 Minutes Approx.
3) Singapore to Langkawi: 1 hour 25 minutes Approx.
Flights to Langkawi
While there are not many airlines that operate to Langkawi, the ones that operate actually more than make up for the demand with their frequency and service.
This is the most popular and no-frill low cost airline operating to Langkawi. They have direct and regular service to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore. Via Kualalumpur, many other places can also easily connect with Langkawi by air, and they are Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai etc from India, Gold Coast, Syndey, Melbourne, Perth of Australia, Chengdu, Shanghai, Beijing of China, Osaka, Tokyo of Japan, Seoul of South Korea, Taipei of Taiwan etc.
I have availed their service several times and found them to be punctual and quite good. Only one thing they are quite finicky about is the weight of your luggage and the handbag. Ensure that you don't exceed the prescribed size of the handbag or else it will be added to the check in baggage. Also it must not exceed 7kg in weight. Ladies vanity bag and laptop are not considered as handbags.
You should pre-pay for the weight of your check-in luggage when you buy the tickets or check in your luggage online. If you want to weight and pay on the spot, the charges are much higher. Similarly, pre-book your meals and get good discounts. If you try to order in flight, you may not get the choice of your food and also need to pay more.
Update March 2015: Air Asia has confirmed its plans to create a new international hub in Langkawi. It will place five aircraft at Langkawi airport which will initially cater to Asean countries and later expand its routes to Indian and China.
While you can call up their Service Centers at various places all over Asia to plan your trip & booking, you will get the promotional offers only through their website.
Malaysia: 600 85 8888 (AirAsia X Premium Line)
Operating Hours: 9am - 6pm (GMT+8); Monday to Sunday
Singapore: +65 6307 7688 (AirAsia X Premium Line)
Operating Hours : 9am - 6pm (GMT+8); Monday to Sunday
India: 1860 500 8000; Operating Hours: 8am - 9pm (GMT+5:30); Monday to Sunday
Operates regular flights between Singapore and Langkawi.
Address & Contacts in Singapore:
2 Orchard Turn#04-05 ION OrchardSingapore 238801(Above Orchard MRT station)
Phone (Singapore): +65 6223 8888 (24 hours Contact Centre)
Operating hours: Monday to Saturday: 8.30am - 6.00pm; Sunday: 9.30am - 5.00pm (Closed on first day of Chinese New Year)
Airport Office: Open 6am to 12:30am.
Changi Airport Terminal-2; #026-059-01; Departure Hall (Level 2) Singapore 819643
They operate regular flights between Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi and run a 24-hour Call Center offering services such as ticketing, lost baggage, group bookings, flight cancellations, general inquiry etc.
Call Center Phone (Within Malaysia): 1 300 88 3000
From outside Malaysia: +603 7843 3000 (long distance call charges apply)
Silk Air (taken over by Scoot)
Operates regular flights between Singapore and Langkawi.
Singapore address & Contacts (Silk Air):
Keypoint, 371 Beach Road Unit #17-08, Singapore 199597
Nearest MRT station - Lavender/Nicoll Highway
Phone (Inquiry & Booking, Singapore): (65) 6223 8888 (24 Hours)
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday:0830hrs to 1730hrs
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
Update February 2018: Silk Air is transferring its services to its sister airline Scoot. Scoot will take over the Singapore - Langkawi flight services effective early April and will operate 6 days a week. Scoot Telephone Number in Singapore: +65 3157 6434.
Langkawi International Airport
Although small, Langkawi International Airport is well equipped to handle a peak traffic of 1000 at any point of time. You will get all the basic amenities here including currency exchange, ATMs, duty free shopping lounge, restaurants & cafe, Tourist Information Center, transport services etc. Check out Langkawi Airport
for details with pictures.
Langkawi Airport Transfers
Taxis are the best and most convenient mode of transport for transfers to your hotel. You can also rent a car or take private limousine service. Check out Langkawi Airport Transfer
Langkawi Travel Documents
If you are a foreigner, depending on your home country and duration of stay in the island, you will require a valid passport and even an entry visa. Check out Langkawi Passport & Visa
for detailed information.
Apoorv Kapoor (September 2018)
Hi Raj, I m travelling to lankawi via KL on MH airways from Bangalore. Our flight is landing in KL in evening and we have to take flight to lankawi within an hour. As we are taking flight directly from India, I understand we need to take visa in advance. Is 1hr sufficient to clear all formalities of immigration? Thanks in advance
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) September 2018
Hi, one-hour for a change over from an international to domestic flight through KL is too short. In my views, odds are that 80% times you won't make it and therefore need to stay overnight at the domestic terminal and try to connect to a flight next morning (which by the way hundreds do sleeping or sitting on the floor).
Having cleared immigration, customs and collected your luggage at KL, you would practically have no time... the walk from international to domestic terminal itself would take a few minutes with all your bags (you won't likely get a through baggage connection between the flights even if they assure. Note that from KL it's a domestic flight to Langkawi).