Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport

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Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport (SMB II)
Bandar Udara Internasional Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II (SMB II)
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Indonesia
Operator PT Angkasa Pura II
Serves Palembang
Location Palembang, South Sumatra
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 121 ft / 37 m
Coordinates 02°54′01″S 104°42′00″E / 2.90028°S 104.70000°E / -2.90028; 104.70000Coordinates: 02°54′01″S 104°42′00″E / 2.90028°S 104.70000°E / -2.90028; 104.70000
Sumatra region in Indonesia
Sumatra region in Indonesia
PLM is located in Sumatra Topography
PLM is located in Indonesia
Location in Sumatra
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 9,843 3,000 Asphalt

Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Sultan Mahmud Badarudin II) (IATA: PLMICAO: WIPP) is an international airport serving the city of Palembang, South Sumatra and surrounding areas. It is in the region KM.10 Sukarame District. It is named after Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin, the last Sultan of Palembang.


At least as early as 1938, Palembang was served by a civil airport at Talang Betutu, operating as a Customs Aerodrome equipped with wireless and direction finding equipment, and basic ground facilities.[1] For Allies the airport was known as Palembang P1 (or just P1). The airport was re-built by the Japanese army during the Japanese occupation in 1942-1943. On July 15, 1963, it was a joint airfield, for civilian and military purposes. Then on August 21, 1975 the status of became Talang Betutu Civil Airports. On April 3, 1985, the name changed to Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport.

Effective 1 April 1991, the airport is officially managed by the Management of Perum Angkasa Pura II. On January 2, 1992 Management Perum Angkasa Pura II changed its status into PT (Persero) Angkasa Pura II.

When South Sumatra Province was chosen as the host of PON XVI in 2004, the government soughts to enlarge the capacity of the airport as well as change the status into an international airport. New terminal building Airport Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II was completed and inaugurated on September 27, 2005.


It has officially become an international airport and can accommodate the wide-body aircraft as of September 27, 2005. The development started on September 18, 2003 with a total cost of Rp366, 7 billion from the Japan International Bank Corporation IDR 251,9 billion and matching funds from the state budget amounting to IDR 114,8 billion.

Between the development undertaken is an extension of the runway along the 300 meters x 60 meters to 3,000 meters x 60 meters, construction vehicle parking area of 20,000 meters which can accommodate 1,000 vehicles as well as the construction of a three-floor passenger terminal covering 13,000 square meters which can accommodate 1,250 passengers, equipped aerobridges and cargo terminals, and other support buildings covering an area of 1900 square meters.

This development means International Airport Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II can accommodate Airbus A330, Boeing 747 and other wide-body aircraft. In addition, the flow of passengers is projected to rise from 7,720 passengers to 16,560 passengers. After that there will be construction of toll roads Indralaya-Palembang-Sultan Mahmud Airport Badarudin II to facilitate access.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International
Batik Air Jakarta–Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta—Soekarno—Hatta
Citilink Bandung, Batam, Jakarta–Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta—Soekarno—Hatta, Surabaya
Express Air Bandar Lampung, Bandung, Pekanbaru, Yogyakarta
Garuda Indonesia Denpasar/Bali, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Medan
Hajj: Jeddah
Garuda Indonesia
operated by Explore Garuda
Bandar Lampung, Bengkulu, Jambi, Pangkal Pinang
Indonesia AirAsia Medan
Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore[2][3]
Lion Air Batam, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Pangkal Pinang
Nam Air Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Pangkal Pinang, Yogyakarta
Silk Air Singapore
Sriwijaya Air Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta
Wings Air Bandar Lampung, Jambi


On September 24, 1975, Garuda Indonesia Flight 150 crashed on approach to Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport. The accident, which was attributed to poor weather and fog, killed 25 out of 61 passengers plus one person on the ground.[4]

Palembang Light Rail Transit[edit]

To anticipate congestion traffic when 2018 Asian Games occur, government makes Palembang Light Rail Transit which connects the airport to Jakabaring stadium complex. In mid-August 2016, the construction project achieved is 11 percent and predicted will be initial run tested in January 2018 and fully operated in June 2018.[5]


  1. ^ [title="Jane's All The World's Aircraft |publisher=Sampson Low 1938"]
  2. ^ Mark Elliott. "Jetstar adds three destinations in Southeast Asia". Travel Daily Asia. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
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  4. ^ "Accident description at the ASN". Aviation Safety Network. 
  5. ^ "Pembangunan LRT Palembang Lebih Cepat, Alex Noerdin Minta Maaf ke Ahok". August 18, 2016. 

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