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 Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Currently there are ten national airlines and two foreign airlines operating at Minangkabau International Airport. The Airport can accommodate wide-body aircraft like Airbus A330 or MD 11 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 second airport in Indonesia, after Soekarno-Hatta Airport at Cengkareng, to be constructed from scratch. According to the Airport’s Masterplan, this airport would be built in three phases; phase two would begin in 2010. When all phases have been completed, a long runway extended up to 3,600 m would be in place. It will also be equipped with a parallel taxiway along the runway. Other constructions include supporting facilities and main passenger terminal building. Given current favorable growth, the number of passengers has reached 1.3 million per year, already more than double the previous target of 622,000 passengers per year to be met by 2010. There is an obvious need for Minangkabau International Airport to be developed and the services to be up-graded as soon as possible in order to accommodate an increasing number (and higher expectations ) of passengers and goods in the future.
Along with the development of the airport, the local government has completed (at substantial delay) 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.
Pemandu Wisata Sumatera Barat