Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport

Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Sultan Iskandar Muda, Acehnese: Bandar Udara Antar Nanggroë Sultan Iskandar Muda), also called Banda Aceh International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Banda Aceh) (IATA: BTJ, ICAO: WITT) is the airport located 13,5 kilometres southeast of the capital of Aceh province, Banda Aceh. It is named after the twelfth sultan of Aceh, Iskandar Muda. This airport was formerly called Blangbintang Airport (Indonesian: Bandara Blangbintang), referred to its location in a district with same name. This airport is listed as the 23rd busiest airport in Indonesia.

Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport

Bandar Udara Internasional Sultan Iskandar Muda

Bandar Udara Antar Nanggroë Sultan Iskandar Muda
BTJ Airport Terminal.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Indonesia
OperatorPT Angkasa Pura II
ServesBanda Aceh
LocationBlang Bintang, Aceh Besar
Elevation AMSL65 ft / 20 m
Coordinates05°31′24″N 95°25′13″E / 5.52333°N 95.42028°E / 5.52333; 95.42028Coordinates: 05°31′24″N 95°25′13″E / 5.52333°N 95.42028°E / 5.52333; 95.42028
Sumatra region in Indonesia
Sumatra region in Indonesia
BTJ is located in Aceh
Location in Aceh, Northern Sumatra, Sumatra and Indonesia
BTJ is located in Northern Sumatra
BTJ (Northern Sumatra)
BTJ is located in Sumatra
BTJ (Sumatra)
BTJ is located in Indonesia
BTJ (Indonesia)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 9,843 3,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)

After being hit by a devastating tsunami on 26 December 2004, the airport underwent renovation and a 3000-metre runway for wide-body jet liners was built. On 9 October 2011 the first Boeing 747-400 landed and took off successfully at the airport.[1] This airport can act as a place of refugee in case of natural disasters, such as tsunami. The airport was also used as a staging ground for international emergency aid in response to the tsunami in Aceh.

Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport got World's Best Airport for Halal Travellers in the World Halal Tourism Awards 2016.[2]


Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport was built by the Japanese Government in 1943. At that time, the airport has a runway 1400 metres long and 30 metres wide in the form of the letter T from the South end lengthwise from east to west.

In 1953 the Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport (at that time called Blang Bintang Airport) was reopened by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia for the purpose of landing the plane. Runway used only runway stretching from South to North 1400 metres in length. The first plane to land after reopening was a DC-3 Dakota, and a few years later, the Convair 240.

In 1968, the airport has developed a runway extension to 1850 meters with a width of 45 metres, and an apron of 90 x 120 metres, so it could accommodate larger aircraft such as the Fokker F28.

In 1993 and 1994 the Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport re-experience the developments related to the National MTQ be held in Banda Aceh, with a 2250 runway extension x 45 metres, which can accommodate aircraft DC-9 and B-737 and supported with the installation of a Radar which is located at Mount Linteung within approximately 14 km from the airport.

On 9 April 1994 the Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport join the PT (Persero) Angkasa Pura II, based on the letter of the Minister of Finance No. 533/MK.016/1994 and the Minister of Transportation letter A. 278/AU.002/SKJ/1994.

The proposed change of name of the Blang Bintang Airport to Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport is:

  1. Letter legislatures Aceh Special Region No. 553.2/661 dated April 4, 1995
  2. Letter of Governor of Aceh Special Region No. 553.2/8424 dated 11 April 1995
  3. Decree of the Minister of Transportation No. 20 of 1995 dated May 11, 1995 about the name change of Blang Bintang Airport to be Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport.

In 1999, Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport resume development by adding a 2500 metre long runway to be able to accommodate the A330 aircraft, in order to serve the hajj pilgrims departure in connection with the election of Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport as one of the embarkation/disembarkation hajj pilgrimage.

On 19 May 2003, 458 Indonesian paratroopers landed near the airport as part of an offensive against Acehnese rebels.[3][4]

Recent development of this airport was in 2009 where the length of the runway again increased to 3000 metres with a width of 45 meters, the new terminal building replaces the old terminal building. This airport was inaugurated officially by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on August 20, 2009, when President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono came to Aceh officially to open the fifth annual Aceh Cultural Week (Pekan Kebudayaan Aceh).

Airlines and destinationsEdit

The following destinations are served from the airport:


AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International
Batik Air Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta
Citilink Medan
Firefly Penang
Garuda Indonesia Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta
Seasonal: Jeddah, Medina
Indonesia AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International[5]
Lion Air Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Medan, Surabaya
Seasonal: Jeddah, Medina[6][Note 1]
Malindo Air Penang
Susi Air Blangkejeren, Blangpidie, Kutacane, Meulaboh
Wings Air Medan

Parking facilitiesEdit

  • Cars: 200
  • Motorcycles: 250
  • Buses: 6
  • Taxis: 25

Traffic and statisticsEdit

Overall Operational Statistics
Year Passengers movements Aircraft movements Freight movements

Accidents and incidentsEdit


  1. ^ Lion Air flights from Banda Aceh to Medina and Jeddah to Banda Aceh includes a stop-over at Thiruvananthapuram. However, Lion Air does not have rights to transport passengers solely between Banda Aceh and Thiruvananthapuram.


  1. ^ "Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport worthy to serve wide-body aircraft". 9 October 2011.
  2. ^ JONIANSYAH HARDJONO (December 15, 2016). "Sultan Iskandar Muda Named World Best Airport for Halal Travelers".
  3. ^ "Indonesia Goes After Aceh Rebels".
  4. ^ "Major Military Attack Unfolds Against Rebels in Indonesia". Associated Press.
  5. ^ "Indonesia AirAsia adds Banda Aceh – Kuala Lumpur route from Dec 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  6. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Lion Air further expands 737MAX 8 Saudi Arabia routes from Oct 2017".CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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