Ahmad Yani International Airport
|General Ahmad Yani International Airport|
Bandar Udara Internasional Jenderal Ahmad Yani
|Owner||Government of Indonesia|
|Operator||PT Angkasa Pura I|
|Location||Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia|
|Elevation AMSL||10 ft / 3 m|
Java region in Indonesia
General Ahmad Yani International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Jenderal Ahmad Yani) (IATA: SRG, ICAO: WAHS), serves Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. The airport is named in honor of General Ahmad Yani, who is a National Hero of Indonesia. It is one of the fastest growing airports in the world by number of passengers.
The airport used to be a military airbase owned by the TNI (Armed Forces of Indonesia) until 1966, when the airport was declared open to domestic commercial flights, while continuing to operate as an airbase for the Indonesian Army. The area is commonly known as Kalibanteng, hence it was commonly known as Kalibanteng Airbase. The new floating terminal of the airport was officially opened by Indonesian President Joko Widodo on 7 June, 2018.. It became an international airport with the first flight of Garuda Indonesia to Singapore in August 2004. The airport is operated by PT Angkasa Pura I, a state enterprise of the Indonesian Ministry of Transport that manages airports in the eastern part of the country.
General Ahmad Yani International Airport used to be a military airbase for the Indonesian Army. It was opened for commercial flights after a joint decree between Chief of the Air staff, Minister of Transport, and the Army Chief of staff on 31 August 1966. Since 1 October 1995, management was transferred to PT Angkasa Pura I. This marked the start of the fully commercial function of the airport until now.
Expansion began in 2004, done in phases starting with the addition to the length of the runway to accommodated safer landing of larger aircraft. The airport gained its international status in August 2004 with its inaugural flight from Semarang to Singapore, as mentioned in the Minister's Decree No. 64/2004 on 10 August 2004. However, due to the global recession, the Semarang-Singapore route operated by Garuda was discontinued. Batavia Air took over this route in November 2009. Batavia Air ceased operations on 31 January 2013 as an outcome of a petition for bankruptcy on 30 January 2013. Currently, AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, and SilkAir, have routes to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from Semarang's General Ahmad Yani International Airport.
General Ahmad Yani International Airport used to have a terminal to the south of the runway, with one arrival and departure gate each for domestic and international flights. The old terminal has a total area of 6,708 square meters in size. Facilities include souvenir shops, food outlets, bank, money changer, hotel and travel booking offices, taxi and rental car services. The airport is in the coastal area of Maron beach in West Semarang district, which is prone to flooding and abrasion.
Central Java Government announced plans to expand the airport in 2004. The airport previously had a 1,850 m runway which was only capable of handling Boeing 737 Classics. Since the expansion, it has a 2,560 m runway which is capable of handling Boeing 767 and Airbus A320.
On June 17, 2014 Angkasa Pura I and military officials signed an agreement allowing the use of military land for 30 years and implementing the expansion project.
On June 17, 2014, groundbreaking was done to build a new terminal for the airport.
On June 6, 2018, the new terminal was opened for public. It is the first floating terminal in Indonesia, which has an area of 58,652 square metres, nearly 10 times larger in size than the old terminal. After the new terminal was opened, the old 6,708 square metre terminal was returned to the army.The new terminal is also equipped with three jet bridges.
The new terminal is designed on an eco-friendly theme, to register the terminal for a green building certification. The project involves building a unique passenger terminal on top of a swamp, set to turn the airport into Indonesia's very first floating airport. The construction of the new terminal uses Earth-conscious materials and make use of its surrounding swamps. The new terminal mainly uses glass materials to acquire more natural lighting inside the terminal, which saves electricity. Another eco-friendly design element is the airport's "reverse osmosis" technology to provide clean water by using rain water and sea water, which is processed in a groundwater tank located underneath the airport terminal. There are also be water ponds around the airport. Besides providing raw material for osmosis, the ponds help to control water levels to prevent flooding during the rainy season. Solar cells also contribute to the airport's street lighting. The new terminal have its own interior garden, as well as its own mangrove forest.
Airlines and destinations
|My Indo Airlines||Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta|
|1||Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta||236||Batik Air, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Nam Air, Sriwijaya Air|
|2||Surabaya||70||Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air, Wings Air|
|3||Jakarta-Halim Perdanakusuma||42||Batik Air, Citilink|
|4||Pangkalan Bun||38||Garuda Indonesia, Nam Air, Trigana Air Service, Wings Air|
|5||Denpasar/Bali||24||Garuda Indonesia, Nam Air, Wings Air|
|6||Bandung||21||Nam Air, Wings Air|
|7||Banjarmasin||14||Citilink, Lion Air|
|1||Singapore||8||Indonesia AirAsia, SilkAir|
Accidents and incidents
- On 1 May 1981, Vickers Viscount 832 PK-RVN of Mandala Airlines carrying 44 passengers and crews was damaged beyond economic repair when it departed the runway on landing, causing the starboard and nose gear to collapse.
- On 18 October 1992, A CASA/IPTN CN-235-10 PK-MNN of Merpati Nusantara Airlines operating on Flight 5601 crashed on a domestic flight from Semarang to Bandung killing all 27 passenger and 4 crews aboard. The aircraft impacted Mount Papandayan and bursted into flames. It is the worst disaster involving a CASA/IPTN CN-235.
- On 30 November 1994, A Fokker 28 Mk 4000 PK-GKU of Merpati Nusantara Airlines operating on flight 422 from Jakarta touched down far along the runway, overran and fell into a ditch and broke into three. It was raining heavily at the time. All 85 passengers and crews survived.
- On 25 December 2016, Wings Air ATR 72-600, registration PK-WGW performing flight IW1896 from Bandung suffered a landing accident. The aircraft departed at 17:33 hours local time on a scheduled domestic fight. At the time of the approach, it was raining at the airport with Cumulonimbus clouds in the area at 1500 feet. Following a VOR/DME approach, the aircraft landed on runway 13 and bounced. The right main gear folded inwards causing the aircraft to veer right. The aircraft stopped on the right runway edge near taxiway D tilting to the right. All 68 passengers and 4 crews survived.
In 2005 until 2006/2007, there is a shuttle bus service connecting from Airport to the city center and Semarang Old Town. However, due to protest from local airport taxi operators, shuttle bus service to airport later terminated and no any regular bus services from city center to airport until 2013.
In 2013, Trans Semarang, a bus rapid transit (BRT) of Semarang starting to serve Ahmad Yani Intl Airport with only one corridor going through the airport but all the corridors available are inter-connected to this corridor. Expected headway is 15 to 30 minutes(or sometimes more if there is traffic jam) between buses.
|Trans Semarang City Bus|
|Trans Semarang Corridor 4||Cangkiran – Airport — Semarang Tawang Station.||Inter-connected with Corridor 1 & 2|
Car and taxi
There are Airport taxis provided and the reception available right in the arrival terminal. Please note that some public taxis in Semarang can't take passengers in the airport terminal.
For the third consecutive years (2013, 2012 and 2011), General Ahmad Yani Airport won the Cleanest Airport Award among 9 of B Class Airports.
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