Sultan Aji Muhamad Sulaiman Airport
|Sultan Aji Muhamad Sulaiman Airport
Bandar udara Sultan Aji Muhamad Sulaiman
|s Airport terminal building|
|IATA: BPN – ICAO: WALL
|Operator||PT Angkasa Pura I|
|Location||Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia|
|Elevation AMSL||12 ft / 4 m|
|Source: List of the busiest airports in Indonesia|
Sultan Aji Muhamad Sulaiman Airport, (IATA: BPN, ICAO: WALL), is the principal airport serving East Kalimantan area on the island of Kalimantan, Indonesia. It is located about 4.5 km east of Balikpapan. The airport began its new operational phase in 1997, with new building and runway structure, replacing old structure on the same site.
The construction of SAMS Airport started in the Dutch colonial era before Indonesian independence. It was used mainly for the Dutch Oil Company's activities in the Balikpapan area. The airport soon became public and commercial after its management was handed over to Direktorat Jenderal Perhubungan Udara of Republic Indonesia in 1960. SAMS Airport was finally managed by Perum Angkasa Pura I (PT Angkasa Pura I on present day) due to Government Regulation (PP) No.1 on January 9, 1987.
SAMS Airport had been renovated twice from 1991 to 1997. The first phase was started in 1991 and ended in 1994, to renovate the taxiway, passenger and cargo terminals and lengthen the runway. In 1995, the Indonesian government announced SAMS Airport as the fifth Indonesian hajj embarkation airport for Kalimantan (Borneo) region which also consists West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and South Kalimantan province.
The second phase renovation took place in 1996 to renovate the hangars, fuel depots and the administration buildings. The second phase was finished and the airport started its new operational era with the new buildings and facilities in 1997.
- Pre-Independence: Used for the Dutch oil company, Bataafse Petroleum Maatschappij (BPM)
- 1960: Airport operation handed to the Bureau of Civil Aviation, hereinafter referred to as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation
- January 1987: Airport management transferred to Perum Angkasa Pura I
- 1991: Development project for airport facilities and aviation safety initiated (Phase 1)
- August 1993: Test operations begin
- September 1993: Airport officially opened
- 1995: Officially designated as the 5th Hajj Embarkation airport
- 1996-1997: Development project for airport facilities and aviation safety initiated (Phase 2)
- August 1997: Officially launched by the 2nd President of Indonesia, Suharto
- Juyly 2011: New passenger terminal construction initiated
- 2012: Cargo terminal move to new building initiated.
- 2012: Office of Administration, Finance & Commercial move to new offices in the two-story building that has been built as a support facility for the Development Project of SAMS Airport.
Airlines and destinations
There are currently over 15 airlines serving Balikpapan. The following destinations are served from SAMS Airport:
|Garuda Indonesia||Berau, Banjarmasin, Manado; Tarakan, Makassar, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar/Bali, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Singapore||A|
|Indonesia Air Transport||Bontang, Bandung||A|
|Kal Star Aviation||Berau, Pontianak, Nunukan, Samarinda, Tarakan||A|
|Lion Air||Bandung, Banjarmasin, Batam, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar, Manado, Palu, Semarang, Surabaya, Tarakan, Yogyakarta||B|
|Merpati Nusantara Airlines||Makassar||A|
|Pelita Air Service||Bontang, Muara Teweh||A|
|Sriwijaya Air||Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar, Surabaya, Tarakan, Yogyakarta||A|
|Susi Air||Kota Baru, Muara Teweh, Samarinda, Melak||A|
|Trigana Air Service||Solo||A|
|Wings Air||Berau, Banjarmasin||B|
|Cardig Air||Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Singapore|
|Tri-MG Intra Asia Airlines||Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Singapore|
Accidents and incidents
- On 4 July 1988, Vickers Viscount PK-IVW of Bouraq Indonesia Airlines was damaged beyond economic repair when the starboard and nose gear collapsed during a tailwind landing.
- Setuju Bandara Sepinggan Ganti Nama (Page 8)
- Incheon International Airport Corporation Consultancy Division
- "Sejarah Bandara Sepinggan Balikpapan"
- "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
- SAMS Airport official site
- Persero Angkasa Pura I official site
- Airport information for WALL at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.