Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan Airport

Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan) (IATA: BPN, ICAO: WALL), also known as Sepinggan Airport,[1][2] is an international airport serving city of Balikpapan and adjacent areas of East Kalimantan, located in the island of Kalimantan, Indonesia. The airport began its new operational phase on August 6, 1997, with new building and runway structure, replacing old structure on the same site. The airport is operated by PT. Angkasa Pura I, which has an area of 300 hectares.

Sultan Aji Muhammad
Sulaiman Sepinggan International Airport

Bandar Udara Internasional Sultan Aji
Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan
Sepinggan Airport logo.png
Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman International Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Indonesia
OperatorPT Angkasa Pura I
LocationBalikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Focus city for
Time zoneWITA (UTC+08:00)
Elevation AMSL12 ft / 4 m
Coordinates01°16′06″S 116°53′40″E / 1.26833°S 116.89444°E / -1.26833; 116.89444
Kalimantan region in Indonesia
Kalimantan region in Indonesia
BPN is located in Balikpapan
Location of airport in East Kalimantan / Indonesia
BPN is located in Kalimantan
BPN (Kalimantan)
BPN is located in Indonesia
BPN (Indonesia)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 8,202 2,500 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
PassengersIncrease 7,553,000
Aircraft movementsDecrease 63,389
Cargo TrafficIncrease 45,124

The Airport is the 6th busiest airport in Indonesia and the busiest airport in Kalimantan[3] and second in Borneo after Kota Kinabalu International Airport.[4][5] Sepinggan airport was named the second best in service in the world for airports with annual handling capacity of 5 million to 15 million passengers in 2018 awarded by Airports Council International.[6]


The current terminal while it was still under construction

The construction of Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan International Airport started in the Dutch colonial era before Indonesian independence. It was used mainly for the Dutch Oil Company's activities in the Balikpapan area. The airport soon became public and commercial after its management was handed over to Direktorat Jenderal Perhubungan Udara of Republic Indonesia in 1960. Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan International Airport was finally managed by Perum Angkasa Pura I (PT Angkasa Pura I on present day) due to Government Regulation (PP) No.1 on 9 January 1987. With numerous buildings located around the airport and its only runway jutting out into the settlement, landings at the airport were dramatic to experience and technically demanding for pilots.[7][8]

Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan International Airport had been renovated twice from 1991 to 1997. The first phase was started in 1991 and ended in 1994, to renovate the taxiway, passenger and cargo terminals and lengthen the runway. In 1995, the Indonesian government announced Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport as the fifth Indonesian hajj embarkation airport for Kalimantan region which also consists West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and South Kalimantan province. The second phase renovation took place in 1996 to renovate the hangars, fuel depots and the administration buildings. The second phase was finished and the airport started its new operational era with the new buildings and facilities in 1997.

The important timeline of the airport:

  • Pre-Independence: Used by the Dutch oil company, Bataafse Petroleum Maatschappij (BPM)[9]
  • 1960: Airport operation handed to the Bureau of Civil Aviation, hereinafter referred to as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation
  • January 1987: Airport management transferred to Perum Angkasa Pura I
  • 1991: Development project for airport facilities and aviation safety initiated (Phase 1)
  • August 1993: Test operations begin
  • September 1993: Airport officially opened
  • 1995: Officially designated as the 5th Hajj Embarkation airport
  • 1996–1997: Development project for airport facilities and aviation safety initiated (Phase 2)
  • August 1997: Officially launched by the 2nd President of Indonesia, Suharto
  • July 2011: New passenger terminal construction initiated
  • 2012: Cargo terminal move to new building initiated.
  • 2012: Office of Administration, Finance & Commercial move to new offices in the two-story building that has been built as a support facility for the Development Project of Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan International Airport.[citation needed]
  • March 2014: New terminal building tested
  • September 2014: Officially opened new terminal building by the 6th President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono[10]

New TerminalEdit

The new terminal was tested on 22 March 2014 with capacity 10 million passengers per year in 110,000-meter square area with Rp2 trillion ($178 million) investment as the biggest airport in East Indonesia which overcame the overcapacity of 7.1 million passengers last year in only 1.7 million capacity of old terminal. The Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan International Airport Eco-Airport is equipped with recycling water plant, air condition control of energy efficiency, using as much as it can of sun lighting, has 11 trunk alleys, 74 check-in counters, 8 conveyor belts, 140,900-meter square apron, 2,300 parking lot in multi storey building.[11] The new terminal formally opened on September 15, 2014.[12]

Airlines and destinationsEdit


Batik AirJakarta–Halim Perdanakusuma,[13] Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Tarakan[14]
CitilinkBanyuwangi, Denpasar, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar,[15] Surabaya, Yogyakarta–Adisucipto[16]
Garuda IndonesiaBanjarmasin, Berau, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Yogyakarta–Adisucipto (ends on 28 March 2020), Yogyakarta-International (begins 29 March 2020)
Seasonal: Jeddah[Note 1]
Lion Air Banjarmasin, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Kertajati, Makassar, Manado, Palu, Pontianak, Semarang, Surabaya, Tarakan, Yogyakarta–Adisucipto
Seasonal: Jeddah[17]
Malaysia AirlinesKuala Lumpur–International[18]
NAM AirBanjarmasin, Berau, Malinau, Tanjungselor
Pelita AirBontang
ScootSingapore (begins 30 June 2020)[19]
SilkAirSingapore (ends 29 June 2020)[20][19]
Sriwijaya AirBanjarmasin,[21] Berau,[22] Makassar, Palu, Surabaya, Tarakan, Yogyakarta–Adisucipto
TransNusa Banjarmasin, Berau, Makassar, Palangkaraya, Palu
Wings AirBanjarmasin, Berau, Malinau, Mamuju, Palangkaraya, Tanjungselor
  1. ^ Garuda Indonesia flight from Balikpapan to Jeddah includes a stop-over at Medan. However, Garuda Indonesia does not have rights to transport passengers solely between Balikpapan and Medan.

Cargo airlinesEdit

Cardig Air Jakarta–Halim Perdanakusuma, Singapore
My Indo AirlinesTangerang–Soekarno–Hatta, Singapore
Tri-MG Intra Asia Airlines Jakarta–Halim Perdanakusuma, Singapore

Accidents and incidentsEdit



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  2. ^ Hayes, David (10 June 2013). "Incheon International Airport Corporation Consultancy Division". Archived from the original on 30 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Direktorat Jenderal Perhubungan Udara | Kementerian Perhubungan Republik Indonesia". 22 July 2002.
  4. ^ "Waduh, Penumpang Bandara Sepinggan Turun (". Ini Balikpapan.
  5. ^ hmasp (25 April 2015). "Bandara Internasional Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan Balikpapan menempati urutan ke-16". Archived from the original on 19 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Balikpapan's Sepinggan Airport second best in the world | Republika Online". Republika Online. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Dinas Perhubungan Kalimantan Timur". 12 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Layang-Layang Ganggu Penerbangan – Kaltim Post Online".
  9. ^ Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport. "Sejarah Bandara Sepinggan Balikpapan". Archived from the original on 28 December 2013.
  10. ^ Skala News (16 September 2014). "President Yudhoyono Inaugurates four airport projects". PT Skala Inti Media.
  11. ^ Heru Febrianto (22 March 2014). "Terminal baru Bandara Sepinggan resmi beroperasi". Archived from the original on 23 March 2014.
  12. ^ "SBY Resmikan Bandara Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Balikpapan". 15 September 2014. Archived from the original on 28 April 2016.
  13. ^ Balikpapan Pos Online. "Batik Air Buka Rute ke Halim - Balikpapan Pos". Archived from the original on 26 November 2015.
  14. ^ Aldian Wahyu Ramadhan (31 March 2015). "Batik Air akan Beroperasi di Bandara Halim Perdanakusuma". Republika (in Indonesian). Rute baru yang akan diterbangi oleh Batik Air adalah: ... Balikpapan menuju Halim Perdanakusuma ... Balikpapan menuju Tarakan
  15. ^ "Citilink buka rute Makassar-Balikpapan PP". 26 December 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Citilink Buka Rute Balikpapan-Solo dan Yogyakarta - Republika Online". Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  17. ^
  18. ^ Liu, Jim. "Malaysia Airlines resumes 2 Indonesian service in Feb 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  19. ^ a b Lim, Sean (22 November 2018). "Frequent fliers on some SilkAir routes will soon have to fly Scoot, SIA announces ahead of merger". Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  20. ^ "Singapore Airlines Group S20 network adjustment as of 21AUG19". Routesonline. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  21. ^ "Sriwijaya Air Buka Dua Rute Kawasan Timur". Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  22. ^ "Mulai 3 Juli, Sriwijaya Buka Rute Berau-Balikpapan". Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  23. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Sepinggan International Airport at Wikimedia Commons