Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport (Indonesian:Bandar Udara Internasional Sultan Iskandar Muda), also called Banda Aceh International Airport (Indonesia:Bandara Internasional Banda Aceh) (IATA: BTJ, ICAO: WITT) is the airport located 13,5 kilometres southeast of the capital of Aceh province, Banda Aceh. It is named after the twelfth sultan of Aceh, Iskandar Muda. This airport was formerly called Blangbintang Airport (Indonesian: Bandara Blangbintang), referred to its location in a subdistrict with same name. This airport is listed as the 23rd busiest airport in Indonesia.
After being hit by a devastating tsunami on 26 December 2004, the airport underwent renovation and a 3000-metre runway for wide-body jet liners was built. On 9 October 2011 the first Boeing 747-400 landed and took off successfully. This airport can act as a place of refuge in case of natural disasters, such as the Earthquake that hit Aceh on 11 April 2012. The airport was also used as a staging ground for international emergency aid in response to the Tsunami in Aceh.
Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport was built by the Japanese Government in 1943. At that time, the airport has a runway 1400 metres long and 30 metres wide in the form of the letter T from the South end lengthwise from east to west.
In 1953 the Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport (at that time was called Blang Bintang Airport) reopened by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia for the purpose of landing the plane. Runway used only runway stretching from South to North 1400 metres in length. At that time the first plane landed is Dakota DC-3, and a few years later coupled with the landing aircraft Convair 240.
In 1968, the airport has developed a runway extension to 1850 meters with a width of 45 metres, and Appron with dimensions of 90 x 120 metres, so it has been able to accommodate the large aircraft such as the Fokker F28.
In 1993 and 1994 the Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport re-experience the developments related to the National MTQ be held in Banda Aceh, with a 2250 runway extension x 45 metres, which can accommodate aircraft DC-9 and B-737 and supported with the installation of a Radar which is located at Mount Linteung within approximately 14 km from the airport.
On 9 April 1994 the Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport join the PT (Persero) Angkasa Pura II, based on the letter of the Minister of Finance No. 533/MK.016/1994 and the Minister of Transportation letter A. 278/AU.002/SKJ/1994
The proposed change of name of the Blang Bintang Airport to Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport is:
In 1999, Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport resume development by adding a 2500 metre long runway to be able to accommodate the A330 aircraft, in order to serve the pilgrims departure in connection with the election of Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport as one of the embarkation / disembarkation pilgrimage. Recent development of this airport was in 2009 where the length of the runway again increased to 3000 metres with a width of 45 meters, the new terminal building replaces the old terminal building. This airport was inaugurated officially by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on August 20, 2009, when President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono came to Aceh to officially open the fifth annual event Aceh Cultural Week (Pekan Kebudayaan Aceh).
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