Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport
|Sultan Aji Muhammad |
Sulaiman International Airport
Bandar Udara Internasional Sultan Aji
|Owner||Government of Indonesia|
|Operator||PT Angkasa Pura I|
|Location||Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia|
|Elevation AMSL||12 ft / 4 m|
Kalimantan region in Indonesia
Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman) (IATA: BPN, ICAO: WALL), also known as Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport, formerly Sepinggan Airport, is an international airport serving East Kalimantan area on the island of Kalimantan, Indonesia. The airport began its new operational phase on August 6, 1997, with new building and runway structure, replacing old structure on the same site. The airport is operated by PT. Angkasa Pura I, which has an area of 300 hectares. Development plans on available lands around the airport continue to be implemented, including transit hotel, meeting rooms, restaurants and mini markets.
Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport is the 6th busiest airport in Indonesia and the busiest airport in Kalimantan and Borneo. From October to December 2014 (in 5-15 million passengers capacity category), Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport becomes the world's 16th best in Airport Service Quality or the best in Southeast Asia by Airport Council International survey among 79 airports with passengers capacity between 5-15 million a year.
The construction of Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman 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. Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport was finally managed by Perum Angkasa Pura I (PT Angkasa Pura I on present day) due to Government Regulation (PP) No.1 on 9 January 1987. With numerous buildings located around the airport and its only runway jutting out into the settlement, landings at the airport were dramatic to experience and technically demanding for pilots.
Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman 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 Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport as the fifth Indonesian hajj embarkation airport for Kalimantan 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.
The new terminal was tested on 22 March 2014 with capacity 10 million passengers per year in 110,000-meter square area with Rp2 trillion ($178 million) investment as the biggest airport in East Indonesia which overcame the overcapacity of 7.1 million passengers last year in only 1.7 million capacity of old terminal. The Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Eco-Airport is equipped with recycling water plant, air condition control of energy efficiency, using as much as it can of sun lighting, has 11 trunk alleys, 74 check-in counters, 8 conveyor belts, 140,900-meter square apron, 2,300 parking lot in multi storey building. The new terminal is formally opened on September 15, 2014.
- Pre-Independence: Used by 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
- July 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 Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport.
- March 2014: New terminal building tested
- September 2014: Officially opened new terminal building by the 6th President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Airlines and destinations
|Cardig Air||Jakarta–Halim Perdanakusuma, Singapore|
|My Indo Airlines||Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Singapore|
|Tri-MG Intra Asia Airlines||Jakarta–Halim Perdanakusuma, 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.
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