Popularly known as the Alor Setar Airport, the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport serves Kedah and neighbouring states for example Perlis and Penang. Sultan Abdul Halim Airport (IATA: AOR, ICAO: WMKA) is an airport that serves Alor Setar, a city in the state of Kedah in Malaysia. The airport is located strategically in Kepala Batas, which is approximately 15 km away from Alor Setar. The airport can serve up to 800,000 passengers yearly.
The new terminal is already operational by 5 May 2006 to cater for future traffic growth. the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport serves Malaysia Airlines, Firefly and Air Asia. The airport is among two airports located in Kedah, besides Langkawi International Airport, which serves Langkawi Island. The airport terminal building offers all the facilities, which features duty-free shops, other shops, lounges, travel agents, restaurants, and other facilities.
Other attractions nearby Sultan Abdul Halim Airport include Anak Bukit Palace, State Art Gallery and Masjid Zahir. Along Jalan Kampung Perak is the Nobat Tower which is a store for tradiotional instruments played before the Royal family in events including weddings, inaugurations and funerals. For a nice view of the city take a visit to the Alor Setar tower with a revolving restaurant at the top you can enjoy the city views while enjoying a wonderful meal. Situated also on Jalan Kampung Perak is the Balai Besar or Grand Audience Hall which was refurbished in 1896 by the 26th Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Shah and is used for royal and state occasions.
It is known as the royal town of Kedah because the Sultan of Kedah's royal palace and official residence, Anak Bukit Palace is located here. It is also the birthplace of the current Sultan of Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah. There is also a mini zoo amidst the colourful flora of the royal gardens. Visitors are allowed into the royal gardens.
Masjid Zahir or Zahir Mosque is one of Kedah's most distinctive architectural landmarks, which stands as an elegant example of Malay and Islamic architecture. Built in 1912, it is one of the oldest mosques in the country. The design was inspired by the vision of the late Sultan Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Abidin II. Its five large, black domes symbolise the Five Pillars of Islam. Located in central Alor Setar, it is the official mosque for the state as well as the main mosque for local Muslims and the venue for the annual Koran reading competition. It is also the burial site of Kedah warriors who died while defending the state from the Siamese in 1821. From Kuala Lumpur, take the North-South Expressway (PLUS), heading north towards Kedah and take the Alor Setar Selatan exit (Interchange 177) into Alor Setar which is about 4km from this exit. The mosque is just 20 minutes from the airport.
TH Hotel & Convention Centre Alor Setar is situated only 5 minutes from Sultan Abdul Halim Airport and approximately 10 kilometres from the state capital of Kedah, Alor Setar. The established hotel is a 3 star hotel with 207 rooms including Superior, Deluxe, and Family Suite designed with Syariah Compliancy in mind. TH Hotel Alor Setar also has a cozy swimming pool for those who fancy a refreshing swim. Being situated in the heart of Kedah Tabung Haji hotel is also in close proximity to attractive sites to visit such as the State Art Gallery which is just 13 minutes away from TH Hotel Alor Setar. TH Hotel & Convention Centre Alor Setar provides other facilities such as a 24-hour room service, airport transfer, car park, coffee shop, concierge, elevator, facilities for disabled guests, laundry service, meeting facilities, restaurant, room service, safety deposit boxes, and smoking area. For sports and recreation there's a fitness centre, outdoor pool, pool for kids, sauna, and steamroom. There are also internet facilities such as Wi-Fi in public areas and of course a wide area car park.
Q Bintang Hotel, newly opened in October 2015, is strategically situated within the fastest developing township in Jalan Langgar, Alor Setar. Q Bintang Hotel offers 54 comfortably and well- appointed guestrooms of various categories to our valuable guests. All rooms come with a flat- screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. All rooms have a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries. Q Bintang Hotel features free WiFi throughout the property. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Sultan Abdul Halim Airport is about 5 km from the property. This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Alor Setar!