Minangkabau International Airport

Minangkabau International Airport (IndonesianBandar Udara Internasional MinangkabauMinangkabauBandar Udaro Internasional Minangkabau) (IATAPDGICAOWIEE) is the principal airport serving the province of West Sumatra on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. It is located at KetapingPadang Pariaman Regency which is about 23 km north-west of Padang. The airport became operational in July 2005, replacing the old Tabing Airport in Padang. The airport is named after the Minangkabau ethnic group who inhabit the region. There is one terminal building for both international flights and domestic flights. The airport has 17 check-in counters, 5 baggage conveyors, and 9 ticket sales counters.[3] The architecture of airport terminal adopting bagonjong (spired roof), Minangkabau vernacular architecture commonly found in rumah gadang traditional house.

In late 2013, the runway was lengthened to 250 m that is now compatible with Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 planes. There was also a plan to connect the airport to the city of Padang with a train service.[4] The terminal expansion (Phase II) is already announced and the rendering is already released in Angkasa Pura 2 website.[5]

History

Minangkabau International Airport is located 23 km from the center of the city of Padang, occupying an area of ± 427 hectares as the main gateway to West Sumatra. The airport was built in 2001 replacing Tabing Airport which has been operating for 34 years. The relocation from Tabing Airport to Minangkabau International Airport was done because the old airport could no longer meet the requirements in terms of flight safety. The new airport construction cost approximately 9.4 billion yen, in the form of soft loan from Japan Bank International Corporation (JICB) and the state budget of around Rp 97.6 billion (10% of it). The constructions were carried out by the main contractors Shimizu and Marubeni of Japan JO and Adhi Karya from Indonesia.

There are a number of flights serving the routes from and to Minangkabau International Airport, similar to the former Tabing Airport. These routes help to connect Padang to Jakarta, Medan, Batam and Pekanbaru domestically; whereas international routes connect it to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Currently there are six national airlines and one foreign airlines operating at Minangkabau International Airport. The Airport can accommodate wide-body aircraft like Airbus A330Boeing 747-400, or Boeing 777 and upon completion of the all the facilities in the future, it would have better facilities for passengers and operators as compared with the former Tabing Airport.

Minangkabau International Airport is the third airport in Indonesia, after Soekarno–Hatta Airport at Cengkareng and Kuala Namu International Airport in Medan to be constructed from scratch. The passenger terminal building is expanded to 36,789 square meters so it can accommodate 3.7 million passengers per year. In phase II will be developed to 49,124 square meters to accommodate 5.9 million passengers per year. The number of check-in counters will increase to a total of 32 counters with 5 conveyor belt baggage luggage. The runway will expand from the current measuring 2,750 x 45 square meters to 3,000 x 45 square meters in order to accommodate the operation of larger aircraft. The number of taxiways will also increase to 8 taxiways so that it will accelerate aircraft traffic on the air side to improve the airline’s on time performance and accommodate more flight operations. [6]

In order to provide an alternative transportation for the public, Minangkabau International Airport will soon be integrated with the railway line with 202.5 m connection building between the airport and railway station. Along with the development of the airport, the local government has completed a flyover at the intersection of the entrance to the airport which links the Airport with the By-pass arterial road. Another planned upgrade includes road widening of a 10 km stretch Tabing – Duku section, being part of Padang – Bukit Tinggi road.