Brunei International Airport

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Brunei International Airport

لاڤڠن تربڠ انتارابڠسا بروني

Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Brunei
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Brunei
OperatorDepartment of Civil Aviation
ServesBrunei
LocationBandar Seri Begawan
Hub forRoyal Brunei Airlines
Elevation AMSL22 m / 73 ft
Coordinates4°56′39″N 114°55′42″E / 4.94417°N 114.92833°E / 4.94417; 114.92833Coordinates: 4°56′39″N 114°55′42″E / 4.94417°N 114.92833°E / 4.94417; 114.92833
Websitewww.mincom.gov.bn/dca
Map
BWN is located in Brunei
BWN
BWN
Location in Brunei
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,658 12,000 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Brunei International Airport (Malay: Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Brunei; Jawi: لاڤڠن تربڠ انتارابڠسا بروني ) (IATA: BWN, ICAO: WBSB) is the primary airport in the nation of Brunei. It serves as the home base for Royal Brunei Airlines. The Royal Brunei Air Force is also based at the Rimba Air Base, which is located within the airport's area. The airport serves destinations across Asia and Oceania as well as flights to London Heathrow.

History[edit]

Commercial air transport in Brunei began in 1953, with the establishment of air service links connecting Bandar Seri Begawan with Anduki in the Belait District. Initial flights to Malaysia were made to accommodate travellers from Labuan, and Lutong in Sarawak. Airport services were operated from the Berakas area at an old runway site built by the Japanese during World War II. It was known then as the Brunei Airport.

The growth in popularity of air travel in the 1970s resulted in a significant increase in civil aviation. Suddenly, the old airport was swamped with activity, operating beyond its capacity. This situation prompted the government to scout for a new site to build a modern airport.

A new airport was constructed in Mukim Berakas in the Brunei-Muara District, because this location was easily accessible from all areas of the country. The airport became operational in 1974 and opened Brunei to the world.

The airport's runway was one of the longest runways in the far east.

In 2008, it was announced that a study to review necessary expansions and modifications was completed, and a masterplan was written up soon after.[3] The master plan consists of different phases, and Phase 1, which includes upgrading the existing passenger terminal building and the cargo terminal, is targeted to be completed by end of 2014. Phase 1A was already completed on 1 Oct 2013 with the opening of the new arrival hall. The capacity of the airport will be increased to 3 million by end of 2014.

After Phase 1 is completed, Phase 2 could be initiated in 2020, which includes the construction of a new terminal, which will be able to accommodate up to 8 million passengers. Currently, the runway is being upgraded to allow bigger aircraft such as Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 to land easily.

Facilities[edit]

The airport consists of an international terminal which can handle up to two million passengers, a cargo terminal with a capacity of 50,000 tonnes of cargo, and a royal terminal where the sultan's flights are based. In 2005, Brunei International Airport handled 1.3 million passengers.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
AirAsia Kota Kinabalu,[5] Kuala Lumpur–International
Cebu Pacific Manila
Lucky Air Kunming,[6] Nanning[6]
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International
Royal Brunei Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Brisbane (resumes 11 June 2019)[7], Changsha (begins 2 April 2019)[8], Denpasar, Dubai–International, Haikou,[9] Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuching,[10] London–Heathrow, Manila, Melbourne, Shanghai–Pudong, Seoul–Incheon, Singapore, Surabaya, Taipei–Taoyuan,[11] Tokyo–Narita[12]
Seasonal: Jeddah
Singapore Airlines Singapore

Statistics[edit]

Busiest destinations from Brunei International Airport[citation needed]
Rank Destination Country Frequency
(Weekly)
1 Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 32
2 Singapore  Singapore 19
3 Kota Kinabalu  Malaysia 20
4 Manila  Philippines 11
5 Bangkok  Thailand 10
6 Melbourne  Australia 7
7 Dubai  United Arab Emirates 4
8 Hong Kong  Hong Kong 7
9 Surabaya  Indonesia 7
10 Ho Chi Minh City  Vietnam 6
11 Jakarta  Indonesia 6
11 Denpasar  Indonesia 5
12 Shanghai-Pudong  China 3
12 Seoul-Incheon  South Korea 4
13 Kuching  Malaysia 3
13 Kunming  China 2
13 Nanning  China 2

Access[edit]

The airport is located approximately 10 minutes from the centre of the capital. There are regular taxi services to and from the airport. There are also regular public bus services which go around the capital.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for WBSB at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for BWN/WBSB at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ Masterplan Study of Brunei International Airport Archived 13 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ BruDirect 18-10-2006 Archived 12 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "AirAsia to boost connectivity from Kota Kinabalu with daily flights to Bandar Seri Begawan — AirAsia Newsroom". Newsroom.airasia.com. 2018-01-18. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  6. ^ a b "Lucky Air expands Brunei flights from July 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Royal Brunei returns to Brisbane". Royalbruneiair. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Royal Brunei defers Changsha service to 2 April 2019". Flyroyalbrunei.com. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Haikou Flight Notice". Flyroyalbrunei.com. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  10. ^ "Royal Brunei Airlines returns to Kuching". Flyroyalbrunei.com. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  11. ^ "Royal Brunei resumes Taipei service". Routesonline.
  12. ^ "Royal Brunei adds Tokyo service from March 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) | Brunei International Airport: Guide

External links[edit]

Media related to Brunei International Airport at Wikimedia Commons