"Floating" on Water, New Airport for Indonesia's 5th Largest City
The expansion of Semarang's Ahmad Yani Airport is currently being accelerated to meet its' operational target - which is set at the last quarter of 2018. The development of this airport is divided into 4 phases. The first phase of the project is the construction of access road to the newly expanded terminal. The first phase of the project will allow the commencement of the third and fourth phase, which is slated to commence at the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018.
The third phase of the project, which is the construction of the terminal building and its' supporting infrastructure is in the pipeline, while the fourth phase of the project - which is the design of the actual terminal - have come up with the design.
The fourth phase of the project will include the construction of the airport's supporting offices and bureaus - which includes the customs building, as well as offices for airlines that operate in and out of the airport. The buildings and its' supporting infrastructure, will be built across 88,4 hectares of land, which is located on Semarang's northern coast, and will be designed as a 'floating airport' - giving the airport an illusion of floating above the water off the coast of Semarang.
The expansion of Ahmad Yani is no longer negotiable as the airport has been running above its' intended capacity. By expanding the airport, it's hoped to improve services at the airport, as well as to ensure that the gateway to Semarang is developed in such a way that it complies with the national, civil aviation standard.
Achmad Yani International Airport serves Semarang, Indonesia's 5th largest city by population, Central Java, Indonesia. It used to be a military airbase owned by the TNI (Armed Forces of Indonesia) until 1966 when the airport was declared open for domestic commercial flights, other than as an airbase for the Indonesian Army. The airport is in the coastal area of Maron beach in West Semarang district, which is prone to flooding and abrasion. There are ponds around the compound, and mangroves will be planted along the coastline in line with the green airport concept which was scheduled to be completed by June 2013. The area is commonly known as Kalibanteng, hence it was commonly known as Kalibanteng Airbase in the past. The name Achmad Yani was taken to honour one of Indonesia's national heroes, General Achmad Yani.
It is operated by PT Angkasa Pura I, a state enterprise of the Indonesian Ministry of Transport that manages airports in the eastern part of the country. It became an international airport with the first flight of Garuda Indonesia to Singapore in August 2004.
On June 17, 2014 Angkasa Pura I and military officials signed an agreement allowing the use of military land for 30 years and implementing the expansion project.
(From various sources. All images courtesy of Angkasa Pura Aiports)