Ahmad Yani International Airport

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Ahmad Yani International Airport (AYIA)
Bandar Udara Internasional Ahmad Yani (AYIA)
  • ICAO: WAHS (Previously WARS)
Airport type Military
Operator PT Angkasa Pura I
Serves Semarang
Location Semarang
Elevation AMSL 10 ft / 3 m
Coordinates 06°58′17″S 110°22′27″E / 6.97139°S 110.37417°E / -6.97139; 110.37417Coordinates: 06°58′17″S 110°22′27″E / 6.97139°S 110.37417°E / -6.97139; 110.37417
Website http://www.ahmadyani-airport.com/
SRG is located in Java
Location of airport in Java
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 8,793 2,680 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 4,224,295
Aircraft movements 25.858
Cargo 9.379.788

Ahmad Yani International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Ahmad Yani) (IATA: SRGICAO: WAHS, previously WARS, previously WIIS) serves Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. It used to be a military airbase owned by the TNI (Armed Forces of Indonesia) until 1966 when the airport was declared open for domestic commercial flights, other than as an airbase for the Indonesian Army. The area is commonly known as Kalibanteng, hence it was commonly known as Kalibanteng Airbase in the past. The name Ahmad Yani was taken to honour one of Indonesia's national heroes, General Ahmad Yani.

It is operated by PT Angkasa Pura I, a state enterprise of the Indonesian Ministry of Transport that manages airports in the eastern part of the country. It became an international airport with the first flight of Garuda Indonesia to Singapore in August 2004.

On June 17, 2014 Angkasa Pura I and military officials signed an agreement allowing the use of military land for 30 years and implementing the expansion project.


Ahmad Yani International Airport used to be a military airbase for the Indonesian Army. It opens for commercial flights after the joint decree between Chief of the Air staff, Minister of Transport, and the Army Chief of staff on 31 August 1966. Since 1 October 1995, management was transferred to PT Angkasa Pura I. This marked the start of the fully commercial function of the airport until now.

Expansion began in 2004, done in phases starting with the addition to the length of the runway to accommodated safer landing of wide bodied aeroplanes. The airport gained its international status in August 2004 with its inaugural flight from Semarang to Singapore, as mentioned in the Minister's Decree No. 64/2004 on 10 August 2004. However, due to the global recession, the Semarang-Singapore route operated by Garuda was discontinued. Batavia Air took over this route in November 2009. Batavia Air ceased operations on 31 January 2013 as an outcome of a petition for bankruptcy on 30 January 2013. AirAsia, operating as AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia, have routes to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from Semarang's Ahmad Yani International Airport in 2013.

Present day[edit]

Ahmad Yani International Airport has one terminal to the south of the runway, with one arrival and departure gate each for domestic and international flights. The terminal has a total area of 6,708 square meters in size. Facilities include souvenir shops, food outlets, bank, money changer, hotel and travel booking offices, taxi and rental car services. It also has a 2,680 x 45 metres runway. The airport is in the coastal area of Maron beach in West Semarang district, which is prone to flooding and abrasion. There are ponds around the compound, and mangroves will be planted along the coastline in line with the green airport concept which was scheduled to be completed by June 2013.[1]


The Central Java Government announced plans to expand the airport in 2004. The airport previously had a 1,850 m runway which is capable of handling Boeing 737 Classics. Now it has a 2,680 m runway which is capable of handling Boeing 767 and Airbus A320.

As the number of passengers at Ahmad Yani International Airport has increased significantly, requiring the addition of a new section to the airport so that it can accommodate all of its 7 million passengers per year. A project is currently undergoing to expand the airport facilitates, which is expected to be completed by early 2018.[2] After completion of the project,the airport apron area will be able to accommodate two wide body airplanes, 13 narrow body airplanes and 10 small body airplanes. The upgraded airport will also be equipped with six jet bridges. Runway from 29,032 square meters to 72,552 square meters. This new project also involves the construction of a parking lot of 60,850 square meters area.[3]The new terminal is being built on a 58,652 square meter plot of land, nearly 10 times larger in size.

New terminal[edit]

On June 17, 2014 groundbreaking was done to make the new terminal of a 58,652 square meter area to accommodate up to 6-7 million passengers, while in 2013 there were 3.2 million passengers, a heavy overcapacity due to the current terminal capacity which is of only 867,000 passengers per year. The new terminal will be the first floating terminal in Indonesia and also support eco-airport.[4]After the new terminal is ready the existing 6,708 square meter terminal will be returned to the army.[5] It is designed on an eco-friendly theme, to register the terminal for green building certification. The project involves building a unique passenger terminal on top of a swamp, set to turn the airport into Indonesia's very first floating airport.Construction of the terminals will use of Earth-conscious materials and will make use of its surrounding swamps.With increasing the use of glsss materials for more natural lighting in the terminal, which will save electricity. Another eco-friendly design element is the airport's "reverse osmosis" technology to provide clean water by using rain water and sea water, which will be processed in a groundwater tank located underneath the airport terminal. There will also be water ponds around the airport. Aside from providing raw material for osmosis, those will help to control water levels to prevent flooding during the rainy season. Solar cells will also contribute to the airport's street lighting. The new terminal will have its own interior garden, as well as its own mangrove forest.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International
Airfast Indonesia Karimunjawa
Batik Air Jakarta−Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta−Soekarno—Hatta
Citilink Banjarmasin[6], Jakarta−Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta−Soekarno−Hatta, Palembang[7]
Garuda Indonesia Denpasar/Bali, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta
Garuda Indonesia
operated by Explore and Explore Jet
Ketapang, Makassar, Mataram–Lombok, Pangkalan Bun, Surabaya
Indonesia AirAsia Singapore
Lion Air Balikpapan, Banjarmasin, Batam, Jakarta—Soekarno—Hatta, Pontianak
Nam Air Bandung, Jakarta—Soekarno—Hatta, Ketapang[8], Pangkalan Bun, Sampit[9]
SilkAir Singapore
Sriwijaya Air Jakarta—Soekarno—Hatta, Makassar[10], Surabaya
Trigana Air Service Pangkalan Bun
Wings Air Bandung, Denpasar/Bali, Pangkalan Bun, Surabaya

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 1 May 1981, Vickers Viscount 832 PK-RVN of Mandala Airlines carrying 44 passengers and crews was damaged beyond economic repair when it departed the runway on landing, causing the starboard and nose gear to collapse.[11]
  • On 18 October 1992, A CASA/IPTN CN-235-10 PK-MNN of Merpati Nusantara Airlines operating on Flight 5601 crashed on a domestic flight from Semarang to Bandung killing all 27 passenger and 4 crews aboard. The aircraft impacted Mount Papandayan and bursted into flames. It is the worst disaster involving a CASA/IPTN CN-235.
  • On 30 November 1994, A Fokker 28 Mk 4000 PK-GKU of Merpati Nusantara Airlines operating on flight 422 from Jakarta touched down far along the runway, overran and fell into a ditch and broke into three. It was raining heavily at the time. All 85 passengers and crews survived.
  • On 13 May 2014, An Indonesia AirAsia Airbus A320-216, registration PK-AXM performing flight QZ662 to Singapore, encountered a bird strike on one of its engines shortly after takeoff and decided to return to Semarang for safety reasons. The flight was cancelled.
  • On 25 Dec 2016, Wings Air ATR 72-600, registration PK-WGW performing flight IW1896 from Bandung suffered a landing accident. The aircraft departed at 17:33 hours local time on a scheduled domestic fight. At the time of the approach, it was raining at the airport with Cumulonimbus clouds in the area at 1500 feet. Following a VOR/DME approach, the aircraft landed on runway 13 and bounced. The right main gear folded inwards causing the aircraft to veer right. The aircraft stopped on the right runway edge near taxiway D tilting to the right. All 68 passengers and 4 crews survived.

Ground transportation[edit]


In 2005 until 2006/2007, there is a shuttle bus service connecting from Airport to the city center and Semarang Old Town. However, due to protest from local airport taxi operators, shuttle bus service to airport later terminated and no any regular bus services from city center to airport until 2013.

In 2013, Trans Semarang, a bus rapid transit (BRT) of Semarang starting to serve Ahmad Yani Intl Airport with only one corridor going through the airport but all the corridors available are inter-connected to this corridor. Expected headway is 15 to 30 minutes(or sometimes more if there is traffic jam) between buses. To reach its shelter,you need to walk about 100 m from Arrival Gate. The shelter placed about 20-30m after rail crossings.

Service Route Notes
Trans Semarang City Bus
Trans Semarang Corridor 4 Cangkiran – Airport — Semarang Tawang Station. Inter-connected with Corridor 1 & 2

Car and taxi[edit]

There are Airport taxi provided and the reception available right in the arrival terminal. Please note that some public taxis in Semarang can't take passengers in Airport and sometimes require their passengers to walk about 50 meters from arrival gate to airport inner gate placed near rail crossings.

Becak (cycled rickshaw)[edit]

There are also some becak near the airport gate, placed about 50m from arrival gate near airport inner gate.


For the third consecutive years (2013, 2012 and 2011), the Ahmad Yani Airport won the Cleanest Airport Award among 9 of B Class Airports.[12]



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