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
Lapangan Terbang Antarbangsa Sultan Syarif Kasim II
Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport Riau.JPG
Airport type Military / Public
Owner Government of Indonesia
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
Sumatra region in Indonesia
Sumatra region in Indonesia
Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport is located in Sumatra Topography
Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport
Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 8,530 2,600 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 3,346,810

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 to as SSK II, SSK or Sultan Syarif Qasim II International Airport (SSQ II), and formerly known as Simpang Tiga Airport. The namesake of the airport is Sultan Syarif Kasim II, the last sultan of Siak and an Indonesian National Hero. The airport serves flights to and from several cities and towns in Indonesia and neighbouring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore.

The airport area and runway is also shared with Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base, a Type A airbase of the TNI-AU (Indonesian Air Force). The airbase is named after the former Chief of Indonesian Air Force, Cmdr. Roesmin Nurjadin. Starting in early December 2014, it served as the homebase of 16 F-16 squadrons upon completion,[1] the additional squadron which is Skadron Udara 16, comprising a fleet of F-16 Blok 52RI and existing Skadron Udara 12 Black Panthers, comprising a fleet of Hawk Mk.109s and Mk.209s.

In early 2010, the first phase of the airport's expansion started with the construction of a new terminal to replace the original terminal built in the 1980s. The original terminal was demolished to make way for additional parking spaces. The new terminal will sport a modern design with three jetways and a larger apron. Despite the opening of the new terminal in 2012, two out of the three jet bridges commenced operation in late July 2014. This is the first time in the history of the airport that jet bridges were utilised.


The former terminal building, now demolished.

The colonial era Simpang Tiga airport was a disc-shaped landing field about a kilometer west of the current runway. At that time, the area was called the "cornerstone of the Air" where "The foundation of the Air" in which the foundation is still made up of the compacted and hardened soil and was used as a military base. Originally the foundation was redone from the East to the West with the runway number 14 and 32. During the Japanese occupation, the airfield was home to a small squadron of airplanes from the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force, before being taken over by the Allies.

The airfield was a transit stop on KNILM's Batavia to Medan or Batavia to Singapore route.[2] After the independence of Indonesia, the newly created Garuda Indonesian Airways also served Pekanbaru from Jakarta via Padang or Palembang.[3]

In the early days of independence, the current runway was built adjacent to the old airfield. At first it was only 800 meters long numbered 18 and 36. In 1950 the runway was extended to 1,500 meters, and in 1967 the runway and aircraft parking ramp was paved with asphalt to a thickness of 7 cm and the length of the 500-meter runway.

New terminal[edit]

Departure Hall
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[4] 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 narrowbody jets equivalent to Boeing 737-900ER aircraft and wide body jets equivalent to 2 Boeing 747 jumbo[5] 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 passengers who possess credit cards that are issued by several multinational banks in Indonesia who collaborate with the airport.

Passenger services[edit]

The newly built airport has been equipped with facilities including an ATM center, post office, clinics, money changer, and others. Shopping outlets and retailers include a food court, grocery shops, souvenir stands and fashion stores (including Batik Keris, Keris Toys & Bookshop, Kondang Art & Craft, Polo Store). Restaurants include A&W Restaurant, Bakso Lapangan Tembak Senayan, CFC Restaurant, Starbucks Coffee, Excelso Coffee, 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 have a 58,410 square meter apron which would accommodate up to 13 narrowbody aircraft equivalent to Boeing 737-900ER, but alternatively can also serve widebody jets equivalent to Airbus A330, Boeing 747, and. Boeing 777 aircraft.[6] 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.[7]


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 Indonesia 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

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International
Batik Air Jakarta–Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta
Citilink Bandung, Batam, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Medan, Surabaya, Yogyakarta
EastIndo Charter: Dumai, Jakarta–Pondok Cabe, Pangkalan Kerinci, Seletar
Garuda Indonesia Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta
Indonesia AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International (ends 20 August 2017) [8]
Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore[9]
Lion Air Bandung, Batam, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Medan, Surabaya, Yogyakarta
Malindo Air Melaka
Nam Air Medan
SilkAir Singapore
Sriwijaya Air Seasonal: Colombo[10]
Susi Air Dabo, Simpang Ampek,[11] Tanjung Balai Karimun, Tembilahan
Wings Air Dumai, Jambi, Padang (begins 30 August 2017),[12] Tanjung Pinang
XpressAir Melaka, Palembang, Tanjung Pinang


Airlines Destinations
Asialink Batam
Cardig Air Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta
Republic Express Airlines Batam

Statistics and traffic[edit]


Overall Operational Statistics[13][14]
Year Passengers movements Aircraft movements Freight movements



  • On 28 April 1981, Douglas C-47A PK-OBK of Airfast Indonesia crashed on approach whilst on a non-scheduled passenger flight. Nine of the 17 people on board were killed.[15]
  • On 29 September 1999, a Mandala Airlines Antonov an-12 touched down 1300 meters short of runway 36 and broke in two. There were no fatalities in the incident.[16]
  • On 14 January 2002, Lion Air Flight 386, a Boeing 737-200 crashed on take-off and was written off; no one died.
  • On 14 February 2011, Lion Air Flight 392 overran the runway in Sultan Syarif Qasim II International Airport, Pekanbaru. There were no fatalities or injuries.[17][18] The plane tried to land three times but failed.[19] On 15 February 2011 another Lion Air plane overshot the runway. Concerned about the two incidents, the Transportation Ministry has banned all Boeing 737-900 ER planes from landing at Sultan Syarif Qasim II airport when the runway is wet. Lion Air will obey the ban and will replace the planes with smaller Boeing 737-400 planes.[20]


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