Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport was built by the Japanese Government in 1943. At that time, the airport has a runway 1400 meters long and 30 meters 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 meters 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 meters, and Appron with dimensions of 90 x 120 meters, 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 meters, 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:
- Letter legislatures Aceh Special Region No. 553.2/661 dated April 4, 1995
- Letter of Governor of Aceh Special Region No. 553.2/8424 dated 11 April 1995
- Decree of the Minister of Transportation No. 20 of 1995 dated May 11, 1995 about the name change Blang Bintang Airport to Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport
In 1999, Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport resume development by adding a 2500 meter 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 meters with a width of 45 meters, the new terminal building replaces the old terminal building. Airport was inaugurated 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 for the fifth time.
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