Sisingamangaraja XII International Airport
Sisingamangaraja XII International Airport
Bandar Udara Internasional Sisingamangaraja XII
|Owner||Government of Indonesia|
|Operator||PT Angkasa Pura II|
|Location||Siborong-Borong, North Sumatra, Indonesia|
|Elevation AMSL||4,660 ft / 1,420 m|
Sumatra region in Indonesia
Source: Directorate General Of Civil Aviation, Ministry Of Transportation Republic Of Indonesia
Sisingamangaraja XII International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Sisingamangaraja XII) (IATA: DTB, ICAO: WIMN) is an international airport located in Siborong-Borong, North Tapanuli, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The airport was known as Silangit International Airport which was later named after Batak warrior and King Sisingamangaraja XII in 2018.
The airport serves as the main gateway to the nearby Lake Toba as well as the surrounding area. The airport is aimed at increasing air connectivity to support economic and tourism growth at Lake Toba, which had been included in Indonesia's 10 new emerging destinations. The airport is located about 47 mi (76 km) distance from Parapat town. Passengers could use online-enabled transportation like Grab (company) to connect to nearby town. The airport is awarded as the best airport in Asia-Pacific in 2020 (under 2 million passenger per annum) by Airports Council International
Silangit Airport was originally built during the Japanese occupation era. The development of this airport began in 1995 by extending the runway from the original 900 meters to 1,400 meters. In March 2005, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono inaugurated the operation of Silangit Airport. Since then, the airport started developing rapidly. In 2011, the airport eventually had a 2,400 meter runway, which again extended in 2015 to 2,650 meter (8,700 × 150 ft) to accommodate wide-bodied airplanes on a regular basis. The airport became an international airport on 28 October 2017 with the first charter flight to Singapore, operated by Garuda Indonesia.
Due to increase in tourism growth, the government has upgraded the airport's facilities, such as building a new terminal, lengthening the runway and widening the apron. With the inauguration of the well equipped and modern terminal on 15 September 2017, the airport now able to provided better and comfortable environment for its passengers. The development of the airport also touches the expansion of the terminal from a capacity of 36,500 passengers per year to a capacity of 1 million passengers per year. Airport’s passenger terminal encompasses an area of 500 square meters and will be expanded to 1,700 m2 The new terminal also includes several new installations that do not exist in the old terminal, such as Customs, Immigration and Quarantine. This is done so that the airport can serve international flights in the coming year.
Developments to the Medan-Tebing Tinggi-Parapat toll road are also undergoing, easing access to the airport. Furthermore the development of the Siantar-Danau Toba railway which is expect be fully operational in 2019. This will cut the trip from Medan to Parapat to just 3.5 hours.
The airport has full digital based services, which include digital airport bus schedules, e-payment systems, a wifi.id corner and smart baggage claim – a facility to monitor the position of passengers' baggage. The airport is also equipped with tourism information kiosks that give a wide range of information about activities in the nearby areas.
The airport has a runway of 2,650 m × 45 m (8,694 ft × 148 ft), which has been extended from the original 2,400 meter in 2016 to accommodate larger aircraft and eventually to boost tourism growth in the region.
Airlines and destinations
|Citilink||Batam, Jakarta–Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta|
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