Lapangan Terbang Tawau
The exterior view of Tawau Airport.
|IATA: TWU – ICAO: WBKW|
|Owner||Government of Malaysia|
|Operator||Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad|
|Serves||Tawau Division, Sabah, East Malaysia|
|Location||Tawau, Sabah, East Malaysia|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+08:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||57 ft / 17 m|
Tawau Airport (Malay: Lapangan Terbang Tawau) (IATA: TWU, ICAO: WBKW) is an airport located 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi) north east of Tawau, a town in the state of Sabah in Malaysia. It is the second airport in Sabah with immigration counters for international flights. The new runway could cater for aircraft as big as Airbus series.
Like other airports in the country, Tawau Airport is under the management of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.
During the early days, Tawau airport was located on Jalan Utara, literally known as Northern road about 2 mi (3.2 km) away from Tawau. The airport was officially opened in 1968 by the former Transport Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Haji Sardon. It was only used to cater to small aircraft, such as Fokker 50.
However on 15 September 1995, a Malaysia Airlines Flight 2133, a Fokker 50 from Kota Kinabalu touched down 500 m (1,600 ft) before the end of the 2,200 m (7,218 ft) long runway. While attempting to carry out a go-around, the aircraft crashed into a Malay village, Kampung Seri Menanti, causing 34 fatalities including two crew. Another MAS Boeing 737-400 plane was skidded off the runway in October 2001 without any causing any injuries to the passengers.
At present, this airport is being expanded to accommodate medium wide-body aircraft with 2 aero bridges. In 2008, the airport handled 700,859 passengers, 19,328 aircraft movements and over 8,900 metric tonnes of cargo. The airport is able to handle over 1.8 million passengers per year.
According to a survey, the old airport has one of the shortest runways in the country. Soon, a new international airport was in the government blue plan to shift Tawau airport to a new location along Tawau – Semporna highway, 30 km (19 mi) from Tawau.
The airport was subsequently opened to public in December 2001. In year 2003, Tawau Airport was officially launched by the former Transport Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Ling Liong Sik. Tawau Airport became the second largest airport in Sabah after Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
Airlines and destinations
|AirAsia||Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur|
|Malaysia Airlines||Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur|
operated for Malaysia Airlines
|Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tarakan|
Traffic and statistics
Tawau airport has a 2,685 m × 47 m (8,809 ft × 154 ft) long fully service runway, namely runway 06/24. Runway 24 is equipped with Instrument Landing System (ILS) while runway 06 doesn't.
- Airport Terminal
The terminal is a one and a half stories building, which consists of two aerobridges, and its large apron can accommodate eight aircraft at one time.
- Car Park
Open air car park is provided with 500 parking lots.
- Police Station
An airport police station is located just at the opposite of the main terminal building.
- Taxi and Town Shuttle Bus Service
Taxi coupon or town shuttle bus ticket to Tawau or Semporna can be bought at the respective counters inside the terminal.
- Traffic and Passenger Flow
In 2008, 768,967 passengers went through the airport with 10,546 aircraft movements.
- Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
- Far East Air Force (Royal Air Force)
- List of former Royal Air Force stations
- Tawau Airport, Sabah at Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
- Current weather for WBKW at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for TWU at Aviation Safety Network