Halim Perdanakusuma Airport
() is located in East Jakarta
in the Indonesian
,"." The Jakarta Post
. Wednesday 1 September 2010. Retrieved on 16 September 2010. "Starting operation in 1985, Soekarno-Hatta airport replaced Kemayoran airport in Central Jakarta and Halim Perdanakusuma airport in East Jakarta" and was the city's main airport until the opening of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport
in 1985. Until then, it served all international routes bound for Jakarta
. This airport takes its name from Halim Perdanakoesoema
, an Indonesian aviator who became lost in a storm in the Malacca Strait
when returning from India
with his friend, Iswahjoedi
, in 1947. 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 in which it is located.
This airport is now used for military, 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.