Brunei International Airport
|Brunei International Airport
لاڤڠن تربڠ انتارابڠسا بروني
Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Brunei
|IATA: BWN – ICAO: WBSB|
|Owner||Government of Brunei|
|Operator||Department of Civil Aviation, Brunei|
|Location||Bandar Seri Begawan|
|Hub for||Royal Brunei Airlines|
|Elevation AMSL||22 m / 73 ft|
Brunei International Airport (Malay: Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Brunei; Jawi: لاڤڠن تربڠ انتارابڠسا بروني ) (IATA: BWN, ICAO: WBSB) is the primary airport in the nation of Brunei. It serves as the home base for Royal Brunei Airlines. The Royal Brunei Air Force is also based at the Rimba Air Base, which is located within the airport's area. The airport serves destinations across Asia and Oceania; the only airport outside these regions is London Heathrow Airport (via Dubai).
Commercial air transport in Brunei began in 1953, with the establishment of air service links connecting Bandar Seri Begawan with Anduki in the Belait District. Initial flights to Malaysia were made to accommodate travellers from Labuan in Sabah, and Lutong in Sarawak. Airport services were operated from the Berakas area at an old runway site built by the Japanese during World War II. It was known then as the Brunei Airport.
The growth in popularity of air travel in the 1970s resulted in a significant increase in civil aviation. Suddenly, the old airport was swamped with activity, operating beyond its capacity. This situation prompted the government to scout for a new site to build a modern airport.
A new airport was constructed in Mukim Berakas in the Brunei-Muara District, because this location was easily accessible from all areas of the country. The airport became operational in 1974 and opened Brunei to the world.
In 2008, it was announced that a study to review necessary expansions and modifications was completed, and a masterplan was written up soon after. The master plan consists of different phases, and Phase 1, which includes upgrading the existing passenger terminal building and the cargo terminal, is targeted to be completed by end of 2014. At the moment, Phase 1A was already completed on 1 Oct 2013 with the opening of the new arrival hall. The capacity of the airport will be increased to 3 million by end of 2014. After Phase 1 is completed, Phase 2 could be initiated in 2020, which includes the construction of a new terminal, which will be able to accommodate up to 8 million passengers.
The airport consists of an international terminal which can handle up to two million passengers, a cargo terminal with a capacity of 50,000 tonnes of cargo, and a royal terminal where the sultan's flight's are based. In 2005, Brunei International Airport handled 1.3 million passengers.
Airlines and destinations
The airport is located approximately 10 minutes from the centre of the capital. There are regular taxi services to and from the airport. There are also regular public bus services which goes around the capital.
- Airport information for WBSB at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for BWN/WBSB at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Introduction Royal Brunei Air Force – Retrieved 21 April 2007
- Masterplan Study of Brunei International Airport
- BruDirect 18-10-2006
- http://www.civil-aviation.gov.bn/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=70&Itemid=95 | Brunei International Airport: Guide
Media related to Brunei International Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Current weather for WBSB at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for BWN at Aviation Safety Network