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Limbang Airport
Lapangan Terbang Limbang
林梦机场
IATA: LMN – ICAO: WBGJ
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Malaysia
Operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
Serves Limbang, Sarawak, East Malaysia
Elevation AMSL 14 ft / 4 m
Coordinates 04°48′29″N 115°00′37″E / 4.80806°N 115.01028°E / 4.80806; 115.01028
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 1,500 4,922 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Passengers 49,181
Aircraft movements 2,112
Cargo in tonnes 475
Sources: official web site and DAFIF

Limbang Airport (IATA: LMN, ICAO: WBGJ) is an airport serving the town of Limbang, in the state of Sarawak in Malaysia. The airport is 6 kilometres from the town centre. The airport opened on the 15th of July, 2004, and is capable of handling 250,000 passengers per year. It is able to handle large turboprop aircraft such as the Fokker F50 and the ATR 72-500. In 2008, the airport handled 49,181 passengers, 2,112 aircraft movements and 474,513 kg (475 tonnes) of cargo.

History

The old Limbang STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) airfield was built in 1963 by The British Army for use during the confrontation between Malaysia and Indonesia. Situated beside Mas Hill (Bukit Mas), about 3 miles from the town of Limbang. The old airfield did not meet the safety requirements of ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization). Furthermore, the old airfield was surrounded by mountains and the Approach Path was covered by tall vegetation such as trees, combined with the relatively high ground. This makes it particularly hazardous and difficult for civilian aircraft to operate safely into and out of the airfield.

In 1978, a consultant firm was appointed to select a new site for a completely new airport and thus proceeded with the Master Plan Study regarding the layout of the new airport. The development plan of the new airport back then is to accommodate the Fokker F27 turboprop aircraft operation in the beginning and thereafter Boeing 737-200 jet aircraft operation.

After lengthy delays, the new Limbang Airport project started in the year 2000 and was completed in only four years. The airport was officially opened on the 7th of April, 2004, and full operational use followed on the 15th of April, 2004. The new Runway is 1500 meters (4,922 feet) long and is well suited to accommodate de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, Fokker 50 and ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft. The new airport is located about 6 kilometres North-West of the town of Limbang.

Currently, Malaysia Airlines' subsidiary MASWings operates into and out of the airport. Other operators include Medevac and Logging helicopters, and private turboprop powered aircraft. Previous users of the airport were Malaysia Airlines and former Air Asia subsidiary FAX (Fly Asian Express).

Traffic and Statistics

Overall Operational Statistics
Years Passenger Movements Aircraft Movements Cargo Movements in Metric Tonnes Cargo Movements in Kilograms
2003 83,459 5,046 226
2004 96,209 5,691 179
2005 105,652 5,568 289
2006 89,814 4,366 379 378,876
2007 50,107 2,552 440 439,828
2008 49,181 2,112 475 474,513

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Malaysia Airlines operated by MASwings Lawas, Labuan, Miri, Sibu (via Miri)


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General Info
Country Malaysia
ICAO ID WBGJ
Time UTC+8
Latitude 4.808303
04° 48' 29.89" N
Longitude 115.010439
115° 00' 37.58" E
Elevation 14 feet
4 meters
Magnetic Variation 000° E (07/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS


Communications
TWR
2230-1030Z
124.3
118.5
GND
2230-1030Z
121.95


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
04/22 4922 x 98 feet
1500 x 30 meters
ASPHALT 015FCWT NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME VLG LIMBANG 081X 113.4 At Field -


Remarks
CAUTION Bird Haz. Parasailing act within 3.5 NM.
CSTMS/IMG 2200-1000Z dly.
OPR HOURS Opr 0001-0900Z excluding Pub Hol.
TFC PAT Rgt tfc Rwy 04.



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