Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport

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Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport
Bandar Udara Internasional Sultan Syarif Kasim II
بندر اودارا اينترنسيونل سلطان شريف قاسم ٢
SSKII New Terminal Building.jpg
Terminal Building
IATA: PKUICAO: WIBB
Summary
Airport type Public, Military
Operator PT Angkasa Pura II
Serves Pekanbaru
Location Simpang Tiga, Marpoyan Damai, Pekanbaru
Opened 1940
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 104 ft / 31 m
Coordinates 0°27′39″N 101°26′40″E / 0.46083°N 101.44444°E / 0.46083; 101.44444
Map
Sumatra region in Indonesia PKULocation of airport in Sumatra
Sumatra region in Indonesia
PKU is located in Sumatra Topography
PKU
PKU
Location of airport in Sumatra
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 8.010 2.600 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Passengers 3,923,998 (80%) Increase
Sources: DAFIF, List of the busiest airports in Indonesia

Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport (IATA: PKUICAO: WIBB) is an international airport that serves the city of Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia. The airport is often referred as to SSK II, SSK or Sultan Syarif Qasim II International Airport (SSQ II), and formerly known as Simpang Tiga Airport. The name of the airport is obtained from Sultan Syarif Kasim II which is a pre-independence historical figure from Riau.

The airport serves flights to and from several cities in Indonesia and neighbouring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore.

The airport is also a Type B airbase of the TNI-AU (Indonesian Air Force), homebase of the 12th Squadron, a shelter to some Hawk Mk.109s and Mk.209s. The airbase is named after the former head of Indonesian Air Force, Roesmin Nurjadin and formally called as Pangkalan Udara Roesmin Nurjadin or Roesmin Nurjadin Airbase.

In early 2010, the first phase of the airport's expansion started with the construction of a new terminal to replace the 1980s built terminal; which will, by the time the new one opened, be demolished to make room for additional parking spaces. The new terminal will sport a modern design with three jetways and a larger apron. Since 2012, the new terminal has been utilized even though the jet bridges are not yet utilized for the airport operation due to the delayed apron expansion as well as financial problem.

History[edit]

The old terminal building

The airport of Sultan Syarif Kasim II (SSK II) is Pekanbaru's historical airport since the period of Dutch colonies as well as independence era. At that time, the area was called as the "cornerstone of the Air" where "The foundation of the Air" in which the foundation is still made up of the land harden and use as a military base. Originally the foundation was redone from the East to the West with the runway number 14 and 32. In the early days of independence, in the wake of a new runway that stretches from north to south with a number runway 18 and 36 approximately 800 meters to the surface of the ground in the form of gravel condense. In 1950 the runway was extended to 1,500 meters,and in 1967 the foundation began the process of sealing Runway, Taxi and Apron thickness of 7 cm and the length of the 500-meter runway.

New terminal[edit]

Departure Terminal
Airport Check-in Area

By end of June 2011, a new terminal spanning 17,000 square meters and a more spacious aircraft apron which can accommodate 10 wide-body aircraft, twice the capacity of the old apron will be operated. To meet the technical requirements of a world-class airport, the airport runway would be extended from 2,200 meters to 2,600 meters and then to 3,000 meters[1] and runway width extension from 30 m to 45 m. Expansion of the airport is part of infrastructure development in support of the 2012 Pekan Olahraga Nasional which was held in Pekanbaru.

On 16 July 2012, a Rp 2 trillion ($212 million) new terminal has been opened to accommodate 1.5 million passengers a year and serve 8 Boeing 737-900ER aircraft and 2 Boeing 747 jumbo[2] jets at the same time. The old terminal has been demolished to make way for a new apron although at the moment the apron has not been completed yet even after two years since the new airport has been initialized to the public. In addition, the new Air traffic control tower (ATC) at Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport has been developed as to assist the operation of the new airport terminal.

Airport facilities[edit]

VIP room[edit]

VIP lounge is located on the eastern side the terminal of Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport. VIP lounge is personified to cater the special guests such as presidents, governmental people, ambassadors and others. In 2012, the airport's VIP room was awarded as the best VIP Room by PT Angkasa Pura II.

Executive lounge[edit]

The executive lounge or known as Lembayung Executive Lounge provides a cozy and comfortable area, specially designated for passengers that are waiting for flights. The executive club lounge can be accessed by those passengers who are possessing credit cards that are issued by several multinational bank in Indonesia who collaborate with the airport. The services that are provided at the Executive Lounge, such as:

  • Complimentary WiFi facilities
  • TV and DVD
  • Food and Beverage Service
  • Daily newspaper

Passenger services[edit]

The newly built airport has been equipped by some shopping outlets and venues such as souvenir stands, fashion store, F&B outlets, food court, grocery shops and many more. The prominent outlets available at this airport including Excelso Coffee, A&W Restaurant, Batik Keris, New Zealand Natural, Polo Store, Rotiboy, Roti O, Solaria Cafe, and the local coffee-shop franchise, Kimteng Coffee.

Future planning[edit]

New Interior of SSK II Terminal

SSK II airport development was initialized in June 2013 and is expected to be completed in 2014. It is planned upon completion to be 58,410 square meters apron and it would accommodate up to 13 Boeing 737-900 aircraft, but alternatively can as well serve Boeing 747 aircraft.[3] Some developments including the parallel runway. In addition to runway expansion, PT Angkasa Pura II will also develop the extension of the passenger terminal that can accommodate up to eight million passengers per year as well as the future development of the jet bridges into 7 jet bridges from the initial of 3 bridges. Henceforth, this airport is initially planned to accommodate Haj Embarkation, especially for Riau Province and particularly Pekanbaru.[4]

Awards[edit]

In 2012, the airport's VIP room was awarded as the best VIP Room by PT Angkasa Pura II. It was followed the award by the Indonesian's Ministry of Culture and Tourism with The Cleanest Airport Toilet consecutively in 2012 and 2013. In addition, at the end of the year 2013, this airport was once again awarded as The Best Airport by PT Angkasa Pura II in Bandara Award 2013 that was held by The Indonesia's Ministry of Culture and Tourism by beating several prominent airports such as Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Minangkabau International Airport in Padang any many other airports that are managed under PT Angkasa Pura II.

The Facade of Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport

Airline and destinations[edit]

Garuda Indonesia Boeing 737-400 take off in runway Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport in 2003
Mandala Airlines or now Tigerair Mandala Boeing 737-200, take off at Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport in 2003
Airlines Destinations Terminal
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur International
Batik Air Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta Domestic
Firefly Kuala Lumpur-Subang International
Garuda Indonesia Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Domestic
Citilink Batam, Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta Domestic
Indonesia AirAsia Bandung, Medan Domestic
Lion Air Batam, Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Medan-Kuala Namu Domestic
Pelita Air Service Dumai
Charter: Jakarta-Halim,
Domestic
Sky Aviation Dumai, Tanjung Pinang Domestic
Sky Aviation Malacca International
SilkAir Singapore International
Susi Air Dumai, Jambi Domestic
Tigerair Mandala Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Yogyakarta Domestic

Statistics and traffic[edit]

Traffic[edit]

Overall Operational Statistics[5][6]
Year Passengers movements Aircraft movements Freight movements
2005
879,889
15,456
2,881,400
2006
914,456
20,300
5,900,666
2007
999,980
19,997
7,568,899
2008
1,345,876
21,056
9,009,067
2009
1,567,988
30,865
10,566,999
2010
1,899,007
35,218
13,100,450
2011
2,345,734
39,512
14,846,702
2012
2,756,558
40,889
17,199,974
2013
3,923,998
45,755
23,229,754

Statistics[edit]