Minangkabau International Airport

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Minangkabau International Airport (MIA)
Bandar Udara Internasional Minangkabau (MIA)
بانداراينتيرنسيونالمينڠكاباو
Minangkabau Airport.JPG
IATA: PDGICAO: WIPT
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator PT Angkasa Pura II
Serves Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Location Ketaping, Padang Pariaman
Elevation AMSL 18 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 00°47′12″S 100°16′50″E / 0.78667°S 100.28056°E / -0.78667; 100.28056Coordinates: 00°47′12″S 100°16′50″E / 0.78667°S 100.28056°E / -0.78667; 100.28056
Website MinangkabauAirport.com
Map
PDG is located in Sumatra Topography
PDG
PDG
Location of airport in Sumatra
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 2,750 8,862 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Passengers 2.270.354
Source: DAFIF;[1][2] List of the busiest airports in Indonesia

Minangkabau International Airport (IATA: PDGICAO: WIPT) is the principal airport serving the province of West Sumatra on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. It is located about 23 km north-west of Padang, in Ketaping, Padang Pariaman regency. The airport became operational in July 2005, replacing the old Tabing Airport in Padang. The airport is named after the Minangkabau ethnic group who inhabit the region. There is one terminal building for both international flights and domestic flights. The airport has 17 check-in counters, 5 baggage conveyors, and 9 ticket sales counters.[3] The architecture of airport terminal adopting bagonjong (spired roof), Minangkabau vernacular architecture commonly found in rumah gadang traditional house.

There is a plan to lengthen the runway by 250 m to be compatible with Boeing 747, Airbus A340 planes, and also to connect the airport to the city of Padang with a train service.[4] The terminal expansion (Phase II) is already announced and the rendering is already released in Angkasa Pura 2 website.[5]

History[edit]

Minangkabau International Airport is located 23 km from the center of the city of Padang, occupying an area of ± 427 hectares as the main gateway to West Sumatra. The airport was built in 2001 replacing Tabing Airport which has been operating for 34 years. The relocation from Tabing Airport to Minangkabau International Airport was done because the old airport could no longer meet the requirements in terms of flight safety. The new airport construction cost approximately 9.4 billion yen, in the form of soft loan from Japan Bank International Corporation (JICB) and the state budget of around Rp 97.6 billion (10% of it). The constructions were carried out by the main contractors Shimizu and Marubeni of Japan JO and Adhi Karya from Indonesia.

There are a number of flights serving the routes from and to Minangkabau International Airport, similar to the former Tabing Airport. These routes help to connect Padang to Jakarta, Medan, Batam and Pekanbaru domestically; whereas international routes connect it to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Currently there are ten national airlines and two foreign airlines operating at Minangkabau International Airport. The Airport can accommodate wide-body aircraft like Airbus A330 or MD 11 and upon completion of the all the facilities in the future, it would have better facilities for passengers and operators as compared with the former Tabing Airport.

Minangkabau International Airport is the second airport in Indonesia, after Soekarno-Hatta Airport at Cengkareng, to be constructed from scratch. According to the Airport's Masterplan, this airport would be built in three phases; phase two would begin in 2010. When all phases have been completed, a long runway extended up to 3,600 m would be in place. It will also be equipped with a parallel taxiway along the runway. Other constructions include supporting facilities and main passenger terminal building. Given current favorable growth, the number of passengers has reached 1.3 million per year, already more than double the previous target of 622,000 passengers per year to be met by 2010. There is an obvious need for Minangkabau International Airport to be developed and the services to be up-graded as soon as possible in order to accommodate an increasing number (and higher expectations ) of passengers and goods in the future.

Along with the development of the airport, the local government has completed (at substantial delay) a flyover at the intersection of the entrance to the airport which links the Airport with the By-pass arterial road. Another planned upgrade includes road widening of a 10 km stretch TabingDuku section,being part of PadangBukit Tinggi road.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Garuda Indonesia in Minangkabau International Airport

The following destinations are served from the airport:

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur
Citilink Batam, Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta
XpressAir Bandung
Garuda Indonesia Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta
Garuda Indonesia Hajj : Jeddah
Lion Air Batam, Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Medan
Sriwijaya Air Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Medan
Susi Air Bengkulu, Lasondre, Muko-Muko, Padang Sidempuan, Pulau Telo, Sipora

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Cardig Air Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta

Statistics[edit]

Top Destinations of Minangkabau International Airport by Flight Frequency per July 2013[6][7]
Rank Destinations Number of Flight Frequency per Week Airline(s)
1 Jakarta COA.svg Jakarta 133 Citilink, Garuda Indonesia,
Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air
2 Lambang Riau Kepulauan.jpeg Batam 21 Citilink, Lion Air
3 North Sumatra coa.png Medan 14 Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air
4 Flag of Selangor.svg Kuala Lumpur-KLIA 14 AirAsia
5 Bengkulu coa.png Muko-muko 4 Susi Air
7 North Sumatra coa.png Padang Sidempuan 4 Susi Air
8 Sipora 2 Susi Air

Facilities[edit]

The facilities are adequate for a regional provincial airport. There is ample parking space, a range of stores selling various goods (especially provincial products), and check-in arrangements are generally quite efficient. However the departure lounge can get quite crowded at times and indeed crowding seems likely to become more of a problem in view of the rapid growth in passenger numbers taking place at present (2011) in Indonesia. Many international tourists would find the toilet facilities somewhat unsatisfactory.

Ground transportation[edit]

Buses[edit]

Service Destination Fare
Operated
Tranex Mandiri Pusat Kota / City Central Padang IDR 20,000
Damri Pusat Kota / City Central Padang IDR 18,000

Accidents and incidents[edit]

This airport suffered minor damage because of a earthquake in September 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for WIPT at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for WIPT at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ PT Angkasapura II – Minangkabau Airport Facilities
  4. ^ Minangkabau Airport
  5. ^ PT Angkasapura II
  6. ^ (English) [1]
  7. ^ (English) [2]

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