Brunei International Airport

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Brunei International Airport
لاڤڠن تربڠ انتارابڠسا بروني
Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Brunei
BIA departure.JPG
IATA: BWNICAO: WBSB
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Brunei
Operator Department of Civil Aviation, Brunei
Serves Brunei
Location Bandar Seri Begawan
Hub for Royal Brunei Airlines
Elevation AMSL 22 m / 73 ft
Coordinates 4°56′39″N 114°55′42″E / 4.94417°N 114.92833°E / 4.94417; 114.92833Coordinates: 4°56′39″N 114°55′42″E / 4.94417°N 114.92833°E / 4.94417; 114.92833
Map
BWN is located in Brunei
BWN
BWN
Location in Brunei
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,658 12,000 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Brunei International Airport (Malay: Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Brunei; Jawi: لاڤڠن تربڠ انتارابڠسا بروني ) (IATA: BWNICAO: 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).[3]

History[edit]

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.[4] 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. Dragonair was the only proposed airline to serve the airport.

Facilities[edit]

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.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur
Cebu Pacific Manila
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines
operated by MASWings
Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Mulu
Royal Brunei Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Denpasar, Dubai-International, Ho Chi Minh City (resumes 17 October 2014),[6] Hong Kong, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, London-Heathrow, Manila, Melbourne, Shanghai-Pudong, Singapore, Surabaya
Singapore Airlines Singapore

Ground transportation[edit]

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.[7]

Incidents[edit]

  • On 7 July 2014, an AirAsia aircraft operating as flight AK278 from Kuala Lumpur skidded off the runway and onto grass during heavy rain[8] upon landing at the airport at 3:33 pm local time (0733 UTC), shutting down the airport for about 31 hours as the only runway had to be closed. One passenger sustained minor injuries while the remaining 101 passengers (including an infant) and seven crew members escaped unhurt.[9][10] The closure caused planes already en route to the airport to be diverted to either Miri Airport or Kota Kinabalu International Airport, while all other incoming and outgoing flights to be cancelled. Miscommunication between passengers, airport and airline officials caused confusion in the airport which was under renovation at that time. The airport reopened at 11:00 pm (1500 UTC) on 8 July 2014.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for WBSB at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for BWN/WBSB at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ Introduction Royal Brunei Air Force – Retrieved 21 April 2007
  4. ^ Masterplan Study of Brunei International Airport
  5. ^ BruDirect 18-10-2006
  6. ^ http://www.flyroyalbrunei.com/malaysia/2014/07/25/royal-brunei-airlines-returns-to-ho-chi-minh-city-vietnam/
  7. ^ http://www.civil-aviation.gov.bn/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=70&Itemid=95 | Brunei International Airport: Guide
  8. ^ Kassim, Abdul Azim; Hamit, Rafidah (8 July 2014). "AirAsia AK278 passengers grateful for safe landing". The Brunei Times 8 (8). Archived from the original on 10 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Rajak, Waqiuddin; Kassim, Abdul Azim (8 July 2014). "AirAsia flight skids off runway". The Brunei Times 8 (8). Archived from the original on 10 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Azahari, Izah (8 July 2014). "AirAsia plane skids off Brunei runway". Borneo Bulletin 19 (7) (Brunei). Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Kassim, Abdul Azim; Kassim, Izzan; Hamit, Rafidah (9 July 2014). "Airport resumes operations". The Brunei Times 8 (9). Archived from the original on 10 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Hayat, Hakim; Hajar, Siti; Yunus, Fadhil (9 July 2014). "Brunei airport reopened after 31-hour shutdown". Borneo Bulletin 19 (8) (Brunei). Retrieved 10 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

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