Minangkabau Intl

Minangkabau International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Minangkabau, Minangkabau: Bandar Udaro Internasional Minangkabau) (IATA: PDG, ICAO: WIPT) is the principal airport serving the province of West Sumatra on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. It is located about 23 km north-west of Padang, in Ketaping, Padang Pariaman regency. The airport became operational in July 2005, replacing the old Tabing Airport in Padang. The airport is named after the Minangkabau ethnic group who inhabit the region. There is one terminal building for both international flights and domestic flights. The airport has 17 check-in counters, 5 baggage conveyors, and 9 ticket sales counters. The architecture of airport terminal adopting bagonjong (spired roof), Minangkabau vernacular architecture commonly found in rumah gadang traditional house. In late 2013, the runway was lengthened to 250 m that is now compatible with Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 planes, and also there was a plan to connect the airport to the city of Padang with a train service. The terminal expansion (Phase II) is already announced and the rendering is already released in Angkasa Pura 2 website. Being both so close to the equator and near antipodes, Minangkabau International Airport and Carlos Concha Torres International Airport are very distant from each other, at 20,035 km.

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Padang

Padang (Indonesian pronunciation: [ˈpadaŋ] Jawi: ڤادڠ‎) is the capital of the province of West Sumatra in Indonesia. It is the largest city on the western coast of Sumatra. Before Indonesia's independence, Padang was one of the major cities in the Dutch East Indies and nowadays the fifth largest city in Sumatra behind Medan, Batam, Palembang and Pekanbaru. It has an area of 695 square kilometres (268 sq mi) and the population of 1,000,096 in 2014. Padang is one of the cleanest big cities in Indonesia. Up to 2009, Padang has received the "Adipura" (cleanest and greenest city) award in the category of large city 17 times and the "Adipura Kencana" award three times. Padang is exactly at the antipodes of Esmeraldas, Ecuador.

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