Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport
|Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport (SMB II)
Bandar Udara Internasional Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II (SMB II)
|Owner||Government of Indonesia|
|Operator||PT Angkasa Pura II|
|Location||Palembang, South Sumatra|
|Elevation AMSL||121 ft / 37 m|
Sumatra region in Indonesia
Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Sultan Mahmud Badarudin II) (IATA: PLM, ICAO: WIPP) is an international airport serving the city of Palembang, South Sumatra and surrounding areas. It is in the region KM.10 Sukarame District. It is named after Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin, the last Sultan of Palembang.
At least as early as 1938, Palembang was served by a civil airport at Talang Betutu, operating as a Customs Aerodrome equipped with wireless and direction finding equipment, and basic ground facilities. For Allies the airport was known as Palembang P1 (or just P1). The airport was re-built by the Japanese army during the Japanese occupation in 1942-1943. On July 15, 1963, it was a joint airfield, for civilian and military purposes. Then on August 21, 1975 the status of became Talang Betutu Civil Airports. On April 3, 1985, the name changed to Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport.
Effective 1 April 1991, the airport is officially managed by the Management of Perum Angkasa Pura II. On January 2, 1992 Management Perum Angkasa Pura II changed its status into PT (Persero) Angkasa Pura II.
When South Sumatra Province was chosen as the host of PON XVI in 2004, the government soughts to enlarge the capacity of the airport as well as change the status into an international airport. New terminal building Airport Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II was completed and inaugurated on September 27, 2005.
It has officially become an international airport and can accommodate the wide-body aircraft as of September 27, 2005. The development started on September 18, 2003 with a total cost of Rp366, 7 billion from the Japan International Bank Corporation IDR 251,9 billion and matching funds from the state budget amounting to IDR 114,8 billion.
Between the development undertaken is an extension of the runway along the 300 meters x 60 meters to 3,000 meters x 60 meters, construction vehicle parking area of 20,000 meters which can accommodate 1,000 vehicles as well as the construction of a three-floor passenger terminal covering 13,000 square meters which can accommodate 1,250 passengers, equipped aerobridges and cargo terminals, and other support buildings covering an area of 1900 square meters.
This development means International Airport Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II can accommodate Airbus A330, Boeing 747 and other wide-body aircraft. In addition, the flow of passengers is projected to rise from 7,720 passengers to 16,560 passengers. After that there will be construction of toll roads Indralaya-Palembang-Sultan Mahmud Airport Badarudin II to facilitate access.
Airlines and destinations
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On September 24, 1975, Garuda Indonesia Flight 150 crashed on approach to Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport. The accident, which was attributed to poor weather and fog, killed 25 out of 61 passengers plus one person on the ground.
Palembang Light Rail Transit
To anticipate congestion traffic when 2018 Asian Games occur, government makes Palembang Light Rail Transit which connects the airport to Jakabaring stadium complex. In mid-August 2016, the construction project achieved is 11 percent and predicted will be initial run tested in January 2018 and fully operated in June 2018.
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