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Malaysia Transportations


In 2004, the highway system of Malaysia consisted of 98,721 km of roads, of which 80,820 km were paved, including 1,821 km of expressways. The major highways on Peninsular Malaysia run north-south along the east and west coasts. East-west links connect George Town and Kota Bharu in the north and Kuala Lumpur and Kuantan farther south. The 924-km North-South Highway along the west coast of peninsular Malaysia connects Thailand and Singapore. In 2003, registered vehicles included 5,590,000 automobiles and 1,142,000 commercial vehicles.

As of 2010, Malaysia's railway system consisted of 1,849 km of standard and narrow gauge railways, of which 207 km was electrified. Rail lines on Peninsular Malaysia are operated by the country's Malayan Railway Administration. These lines provide links to Thailand, Singapore and the eastern parts of the peninsula. On the island of Borneo, the Sabah State Railways provides diesel service along the west coast and in the interior for 136 km. There are no railways in Sarawak.

There are 7,200 km of waterways in all of Malaysia: 3,200 km in Peninsular Malaysia, 1,500 km in Sabah and 2,500 km in Sarawak.

The three leading ports, all located on the busy Strait of Malacca, are Klang (the port for Kuala Lumpur), Johor Bahru and George Town. Kuching is the main port for Sarawak, and Kota Kinabalu the main port for Sabah. The Malaysian merchant fleet in 2010 consisted of 321 ships of 1,000 GRT or more.

In 2010, there were 118 airports, of which a total of 38 had paved runways. Most international flights enter or leave Malaysia through Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Other principal airports include Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Penang. Malaysia Airlines (MAS) provides domestic service to most major cities of the peninsula and to Sarawak and Sabah. In 2003, about 15.214 million passengers were carried on scheduled domestic and international flights.


Airports :
118 (2010)

Airports - with paved runways :
total: 38
over 3,047 m: 7
2,438 to 3,047 m: 10
1,524 to 2,437 m: 6
914 to 1,523 m: 8
under 914 m: 7 (2010)

Airports - with unpaved runways :
total: 80
914 to 1,523 m: 7
under 914 m: 73 (2010)

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