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Ranai Airport

Ranai Airport

Ranai Airport or Natuna Airport (IATA: NTX, ICAO: WION) is an airport located at Ranai, the capital city of Natuna Regency, on the Natuna archipelago in the South China Sea.

The airport is also a Type B airbase of the Indonesian Air Force. Other than that, the airport also serves civilian flights.

Due to the ongoing South China Sea dispute, the Indonesian government has decided to expand the airport to accommodate large military aircraft.

 

Additional facilities, such as aircraft hangars, ILS, refueling hangar are also currently being added. More military personnel are also stationed.

The government is planning to lengthen the airport's runway from 2.560 m to 3.000 m to accommodate large military aircraft. This would act as a deterrent against foreign ships from entering Indonesian waters, such as China, which has claims on the water off Natuna Islands, claiming this region is inside of the so-called nine-dash line.

The expansion of the airbase is also to prevent illegal foreign fishing boats from entering Indonesian waters. Many fishing boats from China, Vietnam, Malaysia have often entered Indonesian waters illegally.

A new passenger terminal was inaugurated on 6 October 2016. It was inaugurated by President Joko Widodo.

 

Terminal Facilities

The recently-built terminal of the airport has an area of 3,868 m², several times larger than the old terminal which only has an area of 243 m². The new terminal can accommodate around 385 passengers daily. The parking sapce which has been widened to 5.020 m² and can now cater around 154 cars and 32 motorcycle.

Other facilities inside the airport is the Aviation Accidents Rescue and Fire Fighting building, generator and the pump house.

Flight Destinations

Airlines and destinations connecting to Ranai Airport:

  Airline Name Destination
  Sriwijaya Air Batam
  Wings Air Batam


Public Transportation

Car and taxi: Various taxi and shuttle services are provided by numerous service providers outside the arrival hall.

Car Park: 154 cars and 32 motorcycle.


Technical Specification

The airport resides at an elevation of 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 18/36 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,560 m x 32 m (8,399 ft × 105 ft). The runway is planned to be widened to 45 m in the future. Moreover, the airport has an apron measuring 120 m x 60 m and a taxiway measuring 50 m x 32 m.


Address

Ranai Kota, Bunguran Timur
Kabupaten Natuna
Kepulauan Riau 29783
Indonesia

 

   

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