Ranai Airport

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Ranai Airport
Bandar Udara Ranai
Bandara-ranai.jpg
Summary
Airport type Civil/Military
Owner Government of Indonesia
Operator Ministry of Transportation
Indonesian Air Force
Serves Ranai
Location Natuna, Riau Islands, Indonesia
Elevation AMSL 7 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 03°54′31.37″N 108°23′16.43″E / 3.9087139°N 108.3878972°E / 3.9087139; 108.3878972Coordinates: 03°54′31.37″N 108°23′16.43″E / 3.9087139°N 108.3878972°E / 3.9087139; 108.3878972
Map
NTX is located in Indonesia
NTX
NTX
Location of airport in Indonesia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 2,560 8,399 Asphalt[1]
Sources: Indonesian Ministry of Transportation [1]

Ranai Airport or Natuna Airport (IATA: NTXICAO: WION) is an airport located at Ranai, the capital city of Natuna Regency, on the Natuna archipelago in the South China Sea. The airport is also a Type B airbase of the Indonesian Air Force.[2] Other than that, the airport also serves civilian flights.

Due to the ongoing South China Sea dispute, the Indonesian government has decided to expand the airport to accommodate large military aircraft. Additional facilities, such as aircraft hangars, ILS, refueling hangar are also currently being added. More military personnel are also stationed. The government are also planning to lengthen the airport's runway from 2.560 m to 3.000 m to accommodate large military aircraft.[3] This would act as a deterrent against foreign ships from entering Indonesian waters, such as China, which has claims on the water off Natuna Islands, claiming this region is inside of the so-called nine-dash line. The expansion of the airbase is also to prevent illegal foreign fishing boats from entering Indonesian waters. Many fishing boats from China, Vietnam, Malaysia have often entered Indonesian waters illegally.

A new passenger terminal was inaugurated on 6 October 2016. It was inaugurated by President Joko Widodo.[4][5]

Facilities[edit]

The airport resides at an elevation of 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 18/36 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,560 m x 32 m (8,399 ft × 105 ft). The runway is planned to be widened to 45 m in the future. Moreover, the airport has an apron measuring 120 m x 60 m and a taxiway measuring 50 m x 32 m.[6]

The recently-built terminal of the airport has an area of 3,868 m², several times larger than the old terminal which only has an area of 243 m². The new terminal can accommodate around 385 passengers daily.[7] The parking lot which has been widened to 5.020 m² and can now cater around 154 cars dan 32 motorcycle. Other facilities inside the airport is the Aviation Accidents Rescue and Fire Fighting building, generator and the pump house.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Sriwijaya Air Batam
Wings Air Batam

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Aero Data: RANAI -- WION". Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Kenaikan Tipe Lanud Natuna, untuk Jawab Tantangan • JakartaGreater". 13 January 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  3. ^ COM, Serantau News dot. "Pesawat Tempur Mulai Disiagakan di Lanud Ranai". Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Presiden Jokowi Resmikan Terminal Bandara Ranai di Pulau Natuna
  5. ^ "Jokowi Resmikan Terminal Bandara Ranai Natuna". Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  6. ^ <asep.muhamad[at]torche.co.id>, Asep Muhamad. "Jelang Diresmikan Presiden, Menhub Cek Kesiapan Terminal Bandara Ranai Natuna". Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Jokowi Resmikan Terminal Bandara Ranai Natuna". Retrieved 8 February 2017.