Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport

Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport, Makassar. Photo by Mustari Tepu, Postcard by Forest Art, 2016. Postdated 2017.

Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport, Makassar. Photo by Mustari Tepu, Postcard by Forest Art, 2016. Postdated 2017.

Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (IATA: UPG, ICAO: WAAA) is an airport in Makassar, Indonesia. It is located 20 km (12 mi) northeast of Makassar’s city centre and is operated by PT. Angkasa Pura I.

The new terminal was opened on 20 August 2008. This airport is the main gateway for flights to the eastern part of Indonesia, and named after Sultan Hasanuddin, a Sultan of Gowa, who fought against the Dutch East India Company in the 1660s.

Built in 1935, Hasanuddin Airport, originally named Kadieng Flying Field, by the government of the Netherlands Indies. An airfield runway with grass-sized 1600m x 45m (Runway 08-26) was inaugurated on 27 September 1937 by a commercial flight from Singapore, a Douglas Aircraft D2/F6 operated by KNILM (Koninklijke Nederlands Indische Luchtvaart Maatschappij). In 1942, the government of Japan expanded the field using POW labor and renamed it Field Mandai. In 1945, the Dutch built a new runway.

In 1950, Indonesia’s Department of Public Works, Section Flying Field, took over the field, and in 1955 it was transferred to Civil Aviation, now the Directorate General Air Transportation, which extended the runway to 2345m x 45m and renamed the airport Air Mandai. In 1980, the 13–31 runway was built—2500m x 45m; in the same year the name changed to Air Port Hasanuddin. In 1985 the Port of Hasanuddin Air changed its name to Hasanuddin Airport.

On 3 March 1987, management of the airport was transferred from the Directorate General of Air Transport to PT. Angkasa Pura I.

Since 1990, Hasanuddin Airport has been used as an embarkation / disembarkation point for Hajj pilgrimages to Jeddah.

Starting on 30 October 1994, Hasanuddin Airport, become International Airport in accordance with the decision of the Minister of Transportation dated 7 January 1995. The inauguration marked on 28 March 1995 by first flight of Malaysia Airlines directly from Kuala Lumpur to Makassar, followed by a Silk Air flight from Singapore Changi Airport.

Hasanuddin Airport serves the Eastern Indonesia Area and South Sulawesi Province. On 20 August 2008 the new terminal opened, replacing the old terminal which was subsequently transferred to the Indonesian Air Force.

On 8 January 2010, the airport inaugurated its newly built 3100 m runway (3/21) for commercial flights. With the opening of the 2nd runway, Hasanuddin became the second commercial airport in Indonesia that has two runways, the other being Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. It is also one out of only two airports in Indonesia to include cross runways, with Budiarto Airport near Serpong which serves as flying school.

The airport now handles three wide-body aircraft per day – one 747-400 to Medan and Jeddah and two Airbus A330-200s to Jakarta. The local government plans to extend the runway from 3100m to 3500m to accommodate larger aircraft such as the Airbus A340, and is pending local clearance.

In October 2014 the airport implemented silent boarding, which means no announcements are made until the final boarding call.

Address : Jalan Airport No.1, Kec. Makassar, Kabupaten Maros, Sulawesi Selatan 90552
Code: UPG | Altitude : 14 m

Source : wikipedia.

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