Lapangan Terbang Bintulu
|Owner||Government of Malaysia|
|Operator||Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad|
|Serves||Bintulu Division, Sarawak, East Malaysia|
|Location||Bintulu, Sarawak, East Malaysia|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+08:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||74 ft / 23 m|
Bintulu Airport (IATA: BTU, ICAO: WBGB) is an airport serving Bintulu, a town in the state of Sarawak in Malaysia. The airport is located 5 km (3.1 mi), 23 km (14 mi) by road, southwest of the city, and although small, it is able to handle planes as large as a Boeing 747. In 2008, the airport handled 417,918 passengers and 16,787 aircraft movements.
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History of Bintulu airport began in early 1937 when the British colony built an airfield situated between a river at one end and the sea coast at the other end.
Bintulu old airport was open for operation on 1 September 1955, with a grass-surface runway catering for de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide and Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer aircraft operated by Borneo Airways.
In 1963, bigger types of aircraft such as DC-3 services were introduced. In 1966, the runway was resurfaced with bitumen and the terminal building was also extended to cater for increasing number of passenger.
In September 2005, first low-cost airline in Malaysia, AirAsia started operating in Bintulu airport. FlyAsianXpress (FAX), subsidiary company for AirAsia has taken over major domestic routes linking Bintulu, started its operation on 1 August 2006, until 30 September 2007. On 1 October 2007, Malaysia Airlines subsidiary, MASwings took over the link connecting Bintulu.
Airlines and destinations
|AirAsia||Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuching|
|Malaysia Airlines||Kuala Lumpur–International|
| Malaysia Airlines |
operated by MASwings
|Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Miri, Mukah, Sibu|
Traffic and Statistics
|Source: Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad|