Selaparang Airport (IATA:
AMI, ICAO: WADA), was the sole airport serving the island of Lombok and the city of Mataram, the capital of the province of West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia up until its closure on 30 September 2011. The IATA code AMI came from the nearby port of Ampenan, now a part of Mataram. The airport was operated by PT. Angkasa Pura 1 (PERSERO). The new Bandara Internasional Lombok operated under the AMI IATA code until late November 2011, toward the end of the month the IATA code LOP was formally listed for the new airport and was slowly being transitioned by the airlines operating to Lombok.
Selaparang Airport was closed on 30 September 2011 to facilitate transfer of resources and operations across to the new Lombok International Airport (Bandara Internasional Lombok - BIL) (IATA: LOP, ICAO: WADL) in Central Lombok Regency.
On 28 July 2011 the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (Indonesia), published an announcement stating that from 1 October 2011 at 02:00 hrs all incoming and outgoing aircraft were to use the new Lombok International Airport (Bandara Internasional Lombok - BIL) (IATA: LOP, ICAO: WADL) in Central Lombok Regency. The effective date for the announcement was 22 September 2011 with all aircraft operations being expected to cease at Selaparang Airport on 30 September 2011 at 10:00 hrs. Operations did subsequently cease at Selaparang on the prescribed date at 18:00 hrs. The last person to legally depart by aircraft from Selaparang Airport was Jack Forrest, an Australian Pilot currently studying in Lombok.
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