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.
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
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.
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.
Airlines and destinations
connecting to Ranai Airport:
Car and taxi: Various taxi and shuttle services are provided by numerous
service providers outside the arrival hall.
Car Park: 154 cars and 32
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.
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