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Halim Perdana Kusuma International Airport

on December 7, 2009

Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Halim Perdanakusuma) (IATA: HLPICAO: WIHH) is located the Indonesian capital Jakarta, and was the city’s main airport until the opening of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng in 1985. This airport takes its name from Halim Perdanakoesoema, an Indonesian aviator who lost in a storm in Malacca Strait after going back from India with his friend, Iswahjoedi in 1947. Until then, it served all international routes bound for Jakarta. The airport is now home to a large number of turboprop, charter and general aviation companies. It is also a major air force base of the Indonesian Air Force and is home to most of its major squadron such as the 31st air squadron and the 17th VIP air squadron.

In the 1960s the airport was also known as the Halim Perdana Kusumah Air Force Base’, and before it was known as Tjililitan Airport, the borough where it lies.

This airport is now used for private and presidential purposes only. Government officials are also allowed to use it. In 2007, President George W. Bush landed at this airport on his visit to Indonesia. Former Indonesian President Suharto‘s hearse was airlifted to Solo in Central Java on 28 January 2008.

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