Tawau Airport

 

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The Tawau Airport is situated approximately 31 km from Tawau city and was officially opened in December 2001. With a 3,000 metres long full-service runway, Tawau Airport s is able to accommodate bigger aircrafts such as the Airbus series.

A new 10,000 sq. metre terminal, equipped with airport facilities and services, caters to the increasing number of tourists destined to Pulau Sipadan, one of the richest marine habitats in the world, and other attractive marine and natural parks located nearby Tawau.

Tawau Airport History

During the early days, Tawau airport was located on Jalan Utara, literally known as Northern road about 2 miles away from Tawau. The airport was officially opened in 1968 by the former Transport Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Haji Sardon. It was only used to cater to small aircraft, such as Fokker 50.

In the early 80's, Malaysia Airlines (MAS)'s Boeing 737 made a maiden flight to Tawau airport after the runaway had been broaden. It has been taking in flights from Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Lahad Datu since then.

The airport was subsequently opened to public in December 2001. Tawau Airport became the second largest airport in Sabah after Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Traffic
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
Passengers
551,168
620,847
680,901
660,331
736,646
768,967
866,601
Cargo handled
(metric tonnes)
2,701
2,968
3,885
3,030
2,134
1,262
1,951
Aircraft movements
8,368
8,900
9,814
9,215
7,992
8,546
9,876
               
Traffic
2010
2011 2012 2013      
Passengers 897,848 922,452 982,153 1,202,344      
Cargo handled
(metric tonnes)
3,045 3,198 2,489 2,884      
Aircraft movements 10,845 10,186 10,880 13,896      


Lapangan Terbang Tawau,
Peti Surat 60132,
91011 Tawau, Sabah
MALAYSIA.
Tel: +6089 950 777
Fax: +6089 950 781