Padang PDG (Minangkabau)

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Padang airport info

Minangkabau International Airport (PDG) 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. It replaced the old Tabing Airport which is now used as military base.The airport is the main gateway to West Sumatra, with frequent flights to destinations throughout Sumatra and Java. The following airlines operate domestic flights: Garuda operates daily flights to Jakarta and thrice-weekly flights to Pekanbaru, Mandala flies daily to Jakarta and Meda, Merpati flies daily to Batam, Jakarta and Gunung Sitoli. Other airlines serving Jakarta include Adam Air and Batavia.There is one terminal building for both international flights and domestic flights.

Departure tax at Padang airport

When flying within Indonesia, everyone must pay a departure tax that may vary from airport to airport. At Padang the departure tax for domestic flights is Rp. 35,000. Make sure you have this amount in Rupiahs as the departure tax must be paid at the airport before you proceed to the departures area.

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Transport to and from the airport

Minangkabau International Airport is located 23km north of the centre, on the Bukittinggi road. Airport taxis charge Rp 60,000 - Rp 90,000 for the ride into town. The cheaper way to get into the city is by Damri bus for a fare of Rp 15,000 per person. Its route passes by the major hotels in Padang. From the airport, tell the guy the name of the street you’re heading to and they’ll sit you on the correct bus.

Airports near Padang

The following airports are very close to Padang. As prices can differ remarkably you may want to check flights to these airports. Then, in case of finding a good fare, catch a bus, boat or train to your destination city.

Airlines which serve Padang airport

Batavia Batam, Jakarta,
Garuda Jakarta,
Lion air Batam, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Medan, Manokwari, Pekanbaru, Semarang, Surabaya,
Mandala Batam, Medan,
Merpati Yogyakarta,
Sriwijaya Batam, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Medan, Surabaya,

Padang city info

Padang is the capital and largest city of West Sumatra, Indonesia. It is located on the western coast of Sumatra, about 1500 miles from Jakarta (2 hours by plane) and has a population of over 750,000 people. Padang features a tropical rainforest climate with frequent rainfall throughout the course year and an average of 26 degrees celsius. Padang is a common transit point for surfers traveling to Batu Islands and Mentawai Islands, and for tourists visiting the West Sumatran highlands.

Since the 16th century Padang has been a trade centre. In 1663 the city came under the authority of the Dutch. The Dutch built a trading post here in 1680. Up to approximately 1780 the most important trade product was gold, originating from the gold mines in the region. When the mines where exhausted, the emphasis turned to other products such as coffee, salts and textiles.

The cuisine of the Minangkabau people is commonly called Padang cuisine. Padang restaurants are common throughout the country and are famous for their spicy food. Padang food is usually cooked once per day, and all customers choose from those dishes, which are left out on display until no food is left. It is served in small portions of various dishes, but constituting, with rice, a complete meal. Customers take - and pay for - only what they want from this array of dishes.

On September 30, 2009, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit about 50 kilometers off the coast of Padang. There were more than 1,100 fatalities, 313 of which occurred within Padang.