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Get to know Banyuwangi International Airport which is in the Top 20 of the World's Best Architecture

11 Jun 2022

The development of the land side, the air side, the implementation of EBT to technology infrastructure has made Banyuwangi International Airport a pilot project for a modern airport for a seamless journey experience traveler

Jakarta - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) 2022 released a list of 20 buildings with the best architecture in the world. The list includes Banyuwangi International Airport in East Java, which is managed by PT Angkasa Pura II.

The Aga Khan Award recognizes that a building is the best among others from the advantages of contemporary architecture, social housing, contributing to community development, historical preservation, area conservation, landscape design and environmental improvement, as well as looking at the use of local resources, innovative use of technology, and other aspects such as engineers and craftsmen.

The construction of the Banyuwangi Airport itself was designed by national architect Andra Matin, where the passenger terminal of the aircraft carries the concept of a green airport that does not rely on air conditioning but still feels comfortable for airplane passengers.

The passenger terminal with an area of ​​7,000 square meters and a capacity of 3 million passengers/year was built by the Banyuwangi Regency Government and adopts the concept of the roof of the Osing Tribe, the indigenous people of Banyuwangi. The architectural beauty of this passenger terminal later became one of the landmarks in East Java.

In 2017, Banyuwangi Airport was then managed by AP II and development continues.

AP II developed the air side, namely: runway thickening, widening and extension of the runway to 2,450 x 45 m and expansion of the apron (aircraft parking) to 16,200 square meters, as well as construction of taxiways.

"Development of the air side to support the operation of narrow body aircraft such as the Boeing 737-900 ER and Airbus A320, which are currently the most widely used commercial aircraft for short and medium-haul routes in Indonesia or even in the world," said the President Director of AP. II Muhammad Awaluddin.

Currently, in the midst of a flight recovery period from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Banyuwangi Airport serves the Jakarta - Banyuwangi route which is operated by Citilink and Batik Air, and Sumenep - Banyuwangi by Susi Air. It is hoped that a sustainable flight recovery will run smoothly in line with the improvement in handling the pandemic, so that other routes will be reopened at Banyuwangi Airport.

Muhammad Awaluddin said that AP II also strengthened the implementation of green airports.

"Banyuwangi Airport already has a passenger terminal with an extraordinarily beautiful architecture and strongly supports the implementation of a green airport. AP II will strengthen the implementation of this green airport and make Banyuwangi Airport the first airport in Indonesia to receive Greenship Existing Building certification," said Muhammad Awaluddin.

In order to strengthen the implementation of this green airport, AP II has an energy efficiency and conservation program through the use of Solar Power Plants (PLTS) as one of the energy sources at this airport.

"This program is already running, AP II is accompanied by the Directorate General of New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE) of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources collaborating to encourage the use of PLTS at airports, including at Banyuwangi Airport," explained Muhammad Awaluddin.

As for the evaluation that has been carried out, the use of PLTS at Banyuwangi Airport is possible on a roof covering an area of ​​3,300 square meters with a maximum on-grid capacity of 150 KWp (kilowatt peak).

"Solar panels in the PLTS system will be installed on the roof of the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) building and the Main Power Station (MPS) building," Muhammad Awaluddin explained.

The implementation of PLTS is also in line with the development of Banyuwangi Airport to always follow global trends, where AP II will encourage a seamless journey experience through the use of self check-in machines, services with mobile apps, self baggage drop and other facilities such as biometric facial recognition for boarding aircraft.

"Airplane passengers or travelers who are currently dominated by millennials prefer to use technology to process flight departures and experience a seamless journey," said Muhammad Awaluddin.

Muhammad Awaluddin added, "Through the land side development which includes the world's best architectural passenger terminal, then the air side development includes runway, apron, taxiway, as well as the development of new, renewable technology and energy infrastructure, Banyuwangi Airport will become a pilot project for developing a modern airport to support tourism. . Travelers who pass through this airport will feel the aura of a very thick vacation, hassle free, stress free and hassle free.”