Sultan Ismail Petra Airport

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Sultan Ismail Petra Airport

Lapangan Terbang Sultan Ismail Petra
Flughafen kota bharu 2.jpg
Boarding Gate view of Sultan Ismail Petra Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerMalaysia Airports
OperatorMalaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
ServesKota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
LocationPengkalan Chepa, Kelantan, Malaysia
Time zoneMST (UTC+08:00)
Elevation AMSL16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates06°09′58″N 102°17′33″E / 6.16611°N 102.29250°E / 6.16611; 102.29250Coordinates: 06°09′58″N 102°17′33″E / 6.16611°N 102.29250°E / 6.16611; 102.29250
KBR /WMKC is located in Kelantan
Location on the east coast of Malaysia
KBR /WMKC is located in Peninsular Malaysia
KBR /WMKC (Peninsular Malaysia)
KBR /WMKC is located in Malaysia
KBR /WMKC (Malaysia)
KBR /WMKC is located in Southeast Asia
KBR /WMKC (Southeast Asia)
KBR /WMKC is located in Asia
KBR /WMKC (Asia)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,400 7,874 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger1,688,625 (Decrease 15.1%)
Airfreight (tonnes)1,073 (Increase 38.4%)
Aircraft movements24,481 (Decrease 19.6%)
Sources: official website[1]
AIP Malaysia[2]

Sultan Ismail Petra Airport (IATA: KBR, ICAO: WMKC) is an airport that operates in Kota Bharu, a city in the state of Kelantan in Malaysia. The airport is named after Ismail Petra of Kelantan, the twenty eight Sultan of Kelantan, who ruled from 1979 to 2010. The present new terminal was officially opened in September 2002. The 12,000 m² airport terminal has three aircraft stands, three aerobridges and is able to handle maximum capacity 1.45 million passengers. The airport consists of 9 check-in counters and offers flights between a total of 7 domestic destinations from Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Firefly, and Malindo Air. In 2014, this made it the busiest airport in the East Coast.


The airport is a former RAF Station, RAF Kota Bharu being a former British military airfield was the landing site of the Japanese invasion of Malaya during World War II. The scene of the first Japanese landing in Malaya on 8 December 1941.

After the war, the RAF military airfield was turned into a civilian airport. The passenger terminal was built and was known as Pengkalan Chepa Airport. After the terminal was expanded and a new building was built, it became known as Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, currently known as the old terminal of the Asia Pacific Flight Training flying school. In 1999, the government announced that the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport will be relocated to a new terminal building. The project started in September 2000 and was completed in June 2002 with a total cost of approximately RM55 million.

Relocating to the new building

The new terminal started operating from 12 September 2002. The building of Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Kota Bharu is synonymous with the Islamic image of the state. This new terminal adopted the Moorish architecture. It has curved archways and is whiter in colour. The airport has a 12,000 square metre terminal with three aircraft stands and the most modern and technically advanced navigational aids. It has three aerobridges were salvaged from the old Subang Airport and refurbished, the terminal can accommodate up to 1.45 million passengers a year.

The new terminal of the airport is equipped with all of the modern facilities and services to meet the requirements of the innumerable travelers flying to and from the airport every day. The basic services available include information and customer service desk, medical services, wheelchair services for disabled travelers, police services and others. There are also porter services to help travelers with their luggage.

The major facilities that are found in this airport include shuttle and car rental representative counters, automated teller machines, currency exchange, gift shops, a KFC restaurant and small eating joints.

Expansion and developments

In the third quarter of 2008, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad built a new hangar, a new apron, new aircraft and helicopter parking bays and made taxiway improvements to cater to the growth of the Asia Pacific Flight Training flying school.

In October 2008, the government announced that it intends to extend the runway to a length of 2,400 m (7,874 ft). The Sultan Ismail Petra Airport serves Kota Bharu in Malaysia.

In May 2010, TRC Synergy Bhd’s unit, Trans Resources Corp Sdn Bhd has secured a RM45.5 million contract to upgrade the Sultan Ismail Petra airport in Kota Bharu. TRC said its unit received the letter of acceptance from Wira Akil Holdings Sdn Bhd. The letter of acceptance from Wira Akil is subsequent to an award being given by the Ministry of Transport to Wira Akil whereby TRC is named as the sub-contractor for the project. The project started on 14 June 2010 and includes the construction of a taxiway, helicopter pads, a meteorological station and instrument landing system (ILS). The airport runway has been lengthened from 1,981 m to 2,400 m, and can accommodate the Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A320. All works are slated for completion by September 2011.

In February 2013, AirAsia Berhad and Firefly Sdn Bhd signed an agreement with Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) to make Sultan Ismail Petra Airport their secondary hubs. In July 2015, Malaysia Airports is planning for the expansion Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Kelantan, which has already exceeded its 1.5 million capacity. The building will be expanded to cater to 4 million passengers with a new multi-storey car park and additional aircraft stands (aerobridge) to cope with the expected increase in traffic in the coming decade.

In 2016 Malaysian federal budget (presented October 2015 ), Prime Minister announcement RM450 million for upgrading work under The Eleventh Malaysian Plan (Malay: Rancangan Malaysia ke-11) (2016–2020). Works include a new multi-storey car park,additional aircraft stands (aerobridge),apron expansion, enlargement runway/taxiway and a new terminal.

In October 2017, Malaysia Federal Government allocate RM 450 Million for upgrading the airport terminals.

Operating hours

The airport's normal operating hours are between 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. In the event of flight delays, the airport will remain open until the flight has taken off or has been cancelled.

Airlines and destinations

AirAsia Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuching
Firefly Johor Bahru,[3][4] Kuala Lumpur–Subang, Penang
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International
Malindo Air Kuala Lumpur–Subang
Scoot Singapore[5]

Traffic and statistics

Annual passenger numbers and aircraft statistics
% Change
% Change
% Change
2003 589,950 Steady 315 Steady 10,010 Steady
2004 639,871 Increase8.5 235 Decrease25.4 11,869 Increase 18.6
2005 635,397 Decrease0.7 168 Decrease28.5 11,194 Decrease 5.7
2006 678,306 Increase6.7 210 Increase25.0 38,352 Increase 242.6
2007 759,316 Increase12.0 163 Decrease22.4 58,996 Increase 53.8
2008 836,060 Increase10.1 181 Increase11.0 57,102 Decrease 3.2
2009 1,003,162 Increase20.0 185 Increase2.2 74,863 Increase 31.1
2010 1,047,755 Increase4.4 177 Decrease4.3 75,906 Increase 1.4
2011 1,132,345 Increase8.1 164 Decrease7.3 64,114 Decrease 15.5
2012 1,259,205 Increase11.2 147 Decrease10.4 50,991 Decrease 20.5
2013 1,585,238 Increase25.9 179 Increase21.8 50,406 Decrease 1.1
2014 1,800,836 Increase 13.6 397 Increase 121.6 44,628 Decrease 11.5
2015 2,063,747 Increase 14.6 1,003 Increase 152.5 42,810 Decrease 4.1
2016 2,062,248 Decrease 0.1 780 Decrease 22.2 31,956 Decrease 25.4
2017 1,988,212 Decrease 3.6 775 Decrease 0.7 30,433 Decrease 4.8
2018 1,688,625 Decrease 15.1 1,073 Increase 38.4 24,481 Decrease 19.6
Source: Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad[6]

Charter operators

MHS Aviation

  • MHS Aviation is the leading provider of helicopter charter services in Sultan Ismail Petra Airport. Specializing in the movement of personnel, ferrying workers to and from offshore production platforms, equipment to and from the offshore installation and drilling rigs mainly for oil companies in the Malaysia-Thailand joint development area, South China Sea.

Weststar Aviation


See also


  1. ^ Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Kota Bharu at Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
  2. ^ "AIP Supplement Malaysia" (PDF). Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
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  5. ^ "Scoot to commence Kota Bharu service in Jul-2019". Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Malaysia Airports: Airports Statistics 2018" (PDF). malaysiaairports. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.

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