Aji Pangeran Tumenggung Pranoto International Airport
Aji Pangeran Tumenggung Pranoto International Airport (IATA: AAP, ICAO: WALS), also known as APT Pranoto Airport or Samarinda Airport, is the main airport in Samarinda, the capital city of East Kalimantan, Indonesia. It is in the district of Sungai Siring. The airport is also colloquially known as Sungai Siring Airport, to distinguish it from its predecessor, the now-closed Temindung Airport. The airport is named after Aji Pangeran Tumenggung Pranoto, the first governor of East Kalimantan who was in office from 1957 to 1961.
Aji Pangeran Tumenggung Pranoto International Airport
Bandar Udara Internasional Aji Pangeran Tumenggung Pranoto
|Owner||Government of Indonesia|
|Operator||UPBU Samarinda (APT Pranoto)|
|Serves||Samarinda and East Kalimantan|
|Location||North Samarinda (Poros) Road, Sungai Siring, North Samarinda, Samarinda|
|Opened||24 May 2018|
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|Elevation AMSL||25 m / 82 ft|
Source: Samarinda International Airport
The airport started commercial operation on 24 May 2018, replacing the Temindung Airport. The airport is operated by UPBU APT Pranoto Samarinda (Ministry of Transportation).
Having been in commercial operation since 2018, Samarinda Airport is an important Australian passenger gateway for East Borneo's wildlife, and an important contributor to Samarinda's economy, which is bordering with the new capital of Indonesia. In 2019, Samarinda Airport handled 1.1 million passengers and according to Indonesian government, the airport will reach its maximum terminal capacity (1.5 million passengers) if no extra terminal is added. The airport was chosen as one of the Top 11 Remarkable International-Class Airports in Indonesia by Wonderful Indonesia in 2020.
Sungai Siring Airport was designed as a replacement for the former Samarinda Airport (commonly known as Temindung Airport) originally built in 1973. Located in the densely built-up Sei Pinang District with a single runway extending into settlements, Temindung had only limited room for expansion to cope with steadily increasing air traffic. By the 2000s, Temindung had become one of Kaltim's busiest airports – it far exceeded its annual passenger and cargo design capacities. One out of every 25 flights experienced delays, largely due to lack of space for aircraft, gates, and runway.
A 1992 planning study by Civil Aviation and Public Works departments identified the district of Sungai Siring, as a possible airport replacement site. Away from the congested city centre, flight paths would be routed over North Samarinda rather than populous urban areas, enabling efficient round-the-clock operation of multiple runways. The Sungai Siring (SGS) airport master plan was completed in 1995. In 1998, however, the government shelved the project for financial and economic reasons. The Airport Location Study was undertaken by Indonesian consultants. This study came up with four recommended locations for overall strategic development in Samarinda. One of the four assumed a new airport at Makroman; a second assumed a new airport at Palaran; the third assumed a new airport at Sungai Siring; and the fourth assumed a new airport at Bayur. In November 2003 the Governor of Kaltim announced that a decision had been made on the Airport Location Study. The strategy was a replacement airport at Sungai Siring.
The consultants advised that the earliest the airport could be opened was June 2009. However, in reaching the government's decision, this date was modified to December 2007. Construction of the new airport began in 2005.
The construction period was very slow; specialists considered only 2–3-year period was sufficient for this aviation project. There was uncertain future of the airport construction after Panitia Pengadaan BSB manipulated the nomination of PT NCR as the contractor. It was originally believed that BPKP preferred to keep everything investigated and minimise financial commitments for the project temporarily, therefore stopping all construction. In practice, the airport did not finish in time for the investigation. However, Kaltim gave an additional year's deadline.
Construction of the new airport was only part of the MP3EI Master Plan, which also involved construction of new road and rail links to the airport. The detailed design for the airport terminal was awarded to a consortium led by Waskita Karya with Airmas Asri as specialist designers for airport related aspects. Project architects were PT Waskita Karya.
The airport was officially opened in an opening ceremony by President of Indonesia Joko Widodo and Governor Awang Faroek on 24 May 2018, concluding the twelve-year construction that cost US$0.4 billion.
On 30 April 2019 at 10:35, Vatican ambassador Piero Pioppo, landed at the new airport and became the first ambassador to arrive at the new airport. On 18 November 2019, Malaysian ambassador Zainal Abidin Bakar, landed at the new airport and became the second ambassador to arrive at the new airport. On 17 December 2020 at 10:21 Samarinda Time, AirAsia flight 981, carrying its Head of Government Relations, Eddy Krismeidi, landed at the new airport and became the first Malaysian airline to arrive at the new airport.
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The airport covers an area of 470 hectares (1.8 sq mi). The airport has 4 boarding gates, with four jet bridge gates. All jet bridges are capable of handling the Airbus A320. The airport has one runway, which is 2,250 metres (7,380 ft) in length and 45 metres (148 ft) wide. The runway is planned to be lengthened to 3,000 m in the future to accommodate wide-body aircraft such as the Airbus A330, Boeing 747, Boeing 767, and Boeing 777. The airport has a total capacity of 1.5 million passengers annually and terminal has an area of 16,468 m2 (177,260 sq ft).
In June 2019, the airport authority unveiled plans to develop the airport. The main focus is to improve the overall capacity and aircraft handling ability of the airport. Apron facilities will be upgraded, so they can handle 10 Boeing aircraft. The airport authority also plans to build a new passenger terminal (completion 2023), with an area measuring 120,000 square metres (1,300,000 sq ft). Combined with the new apron facilities, it is estimated that the airport would be able to meet forecast annual passenger throughput of about 20 million.
In 2020, two architectural students have released their design for the airport's new terminal, Fitria Wulan Sari, et al. (Yogyakarta University of Technology) and Prita Eriani Putri et al. (Diponegoro University).
Master plan 2036Edit
Samarinda Airport will undergo major expansion plans north of the airport, according to Samarinda Airport (APT Pranoto) Master Plan 2036. As part of Samarinda Rail network, a dedicated rail link from the urban area to the airport will be built. It will run from Samarinda Station (Air Putih) along North Sempaja and terminate at the airport.
Airlines and destinationsEdit
The VVIP building is located within the airport and has its own terminal and facilities separate from the public terminal. It provides services for executive aircraft and passengers, including a passenger lounge.
In 2019, Samarinda Airport handles 167 tonnes of cargo. Mitra Adira Utama Limited operates one air cargo terminal at the airport. The 1,148-square-metre (12,360 sq ft) cargo terminal has a capacity of 16 thousand tonnes a year.
Airport based ground servicesEdit
The Air Traffic Control (ATC) building, located at the centre of the airfield, is the nerve centre of the entire air traffic control system. 16 air traffic controllers and supporting staff work to provide air traffic control services.
The airport is connected to inner Samarinda by the North Samarinda (Poros) Road.
The airport is served by four different types of taxi, distinguished by their colour:
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