Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Sultan Hasanuddin) is an airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia (IATA: UPG, ICAO: WAAA). It is located 17 km from Makassar city and 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.
The old terminal is used by the TNI-AU (Indonesian Air Force) which houses Skadron Udara 11 (Air Squadron 11). The Squadron is equipped with Su-27SK, Su-30MK/Su-30MK2, A-4E/A-4H, TA-4H/TA-4J. Except for the TA-4J/T-4H all Skyhawks are retired and are currently being replaced with new Su-27SKMs & Su-30MK2s Flankers.
Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport is located on the border of Makassar city and Maros a suburb in South Sulawesi, approximately 15 minutes (17 km) from Makassar city via Toll way or 25 minutes (23 km) via regular road.
Based on Government Regulation No. 1 / 1987 of 9 January 1987 followed on 3 March 1987 Hasanuddin Airport management was gave from the Directorate General of Air Transport to Perum Angkasa Pura I, which was then on January 1, 1993 changed the status to PT (Persero) Angkasa Pura I. On 30 October 1994, Hasanuddin Airport, expressed as International Airport in accordance with the decision the Minister of Transportation KM number 61/1994 dated 7 January 1995 and inaugurated by the Governor Level I Regional Head of South Sulawesi Province. On 28 March 1995 marked the flight by Malaysian Prime Airlines System (MAS) directly from Kuala Lumpur to Hasanuddin Airport Makassar, then followed with a Silk Air flight that connected Singapore Changi Airport with Hasanuddin, this does not mean that on 28 March 1995 Hasanuddin Airport, the first time serve international flights, but since 1990 Hasanuddin Airport is used as embarkation / debarkation directly from the pilgrimage to Jeddah vv.
In addition to this remote Hasanuddin airport before the flight to serve International traffic in control area Eastern Indonesia Makassar UCA (Upper Area Control), which include areas air through the western part of the Kalimantan border to the country Papua New Guinea to the east, and from the border region Air of Australia to the south to the border region and the Philippine Air Oakland (United States) to the north
Hasanuddin Airport is also the gate of the Eastern Indonesia Area and especially in South Sulawesi Province, where this airport has been providing distinctive style as Airport Transit directed and participated in support to develop tourism, mobilization passenger flow and participate in trade and industry. On 20 August 2008 the new terminal was operational. The terminal is 5 times larger than the old one and can accommodate any type of aircraft from small aircraft to Boeing 747s. From then on the airport changed its name to Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport.
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