Minangkabau International Airport

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Minangkabau International Airport (MIA)
Bandar Udara Internasional Minangkabau (BIM)
بانداراينتيرنسيونالمينڠكاباو
Minangkabau Airport.JPG
IATA: PDGICAO: WIPT
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Indonesia
Operator PT Angkasa Pura II
Serves Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Location Ketaping, Padang Pariaman
Opened 22 August 2005 (operational)
25 August 2005 (official)
Hub for
Focus city for
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 http://www.minangkabau-airport.co.id
Map
PDG is located in Sumatra Topography
PDG
PDG
Location of airport in Sumatra
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 2,750 on working to 3,000 (estimated December 2,014) 8,862 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 2.643.519

Minangkabau International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Minangkabau) (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.

In late 2013, the runway was lengthen to 250 m that now compatible with Boeing 747, Airbus A340 planes, and also there was a plan 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 Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Currently there are six national airlines and one foreign airlines operating at Minangkabau International Airport. The Airport can accommodate wide-body aircraft like Airbus A330 or Boeing 747 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

Passenger airlines[edit]

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

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 [3] 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.

But, right now(mid 2014) the facilities have been repaired such as the toilet, the arrival gates, and another facilities in the terminal building area.

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

Taxi[edit]

Passengers are encouraged to use a taxi with a meter to avoid scams. Taxis from the first arrival until the last arrival will waiting in the taxi parking area. They are usually operates from 7.00/7 AM - 22.30/10.30 PM. Taxi costs normally average at Rp80.000 to Padang city plus Rp20.000 for airport parking tax. In mid 2014, up to 4 companies taxi serves this airport with a meter. Be careful for choosing taxi. Because, so many taxi that scamming passengers in early 2014.

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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