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Brunei International Airport (Malay: Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Brunei; (Jawi): لاڤڠن تربڠ انتارابڠسا بروني ) is the primary airport in the nation of Bruneimarker. The Royal Brunei Air Force is also based at the Rimba Air Base which is located in the Brunei International Airport.

History

Commercial air transport in Brunei began in 1953, with the establishment of air service links connecting Bandar Seri Begawanmarker with Andukimarker in the Belait Districtmarker. Initial flights to Malaysiamarker were made to accommodate travellers from Labuanmarker in Sabahmarker and Lutongmarker in Sarawakmarker. Airport services were operated from the Berakas area at an old runway site built by the Japanesemarker during World War II. It was known then as the Brunei Airport.

The growth in popularity of air travel in the '70s resulted in a significant increased in the civil aviation movement. Suddenly, the old airport was swamped with activity, operating beyond its capacity. This prompted the government to scout for a new site to build a modern airport.

A new airport was constructed in Mukim Berakas in the Brunei-Muara District, because it was easily accessible from all areas of the country. The airport became operational in 1974 and opened Brunei to the world.

The airport's present capacity is 2 million passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo per year. In 2005, Brunei International handled 1.3 million passengers.

Future

In 2008, it was announced that a study to review necessary expansions and modifications was completed, and a masterplan was written up after . The master plan consists of different phases, and Phase 1, which includes upgrading the existing passenger terminal building and the cargo terminal, is targeted to be completed by 2013, but in fact Phase 1 was already completed at the end of 2009.

After Phase 1 is completed, Phase 2 could be initiated in 2020, which includes the construction of a new terminal, which will be able to accommodate up to 8 million passengers.

Airlines and destinations

Departure Hall
Gates 6, 7 and 8, with gate 8 being furthest from the viewer.
These were built in the late 1990s.


References

  1. Introduction Royal Brunei Air Force - retrieved 21-04-2007
  2. BruDirect 18-10-2006
  3. Masterplan Study of Brunei International Airport


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