Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport

Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Sultan Syarif Kasim II) (IATA: PKU, ICAO: 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 some countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Saudi Arabia.

Sultan Syarif Kasim II
International Airport

Bandar Udara Internasional
Sultan Syarif Kasim II

بندر اودارا اينترنسيونل سلطان شريف قاسم ٢

Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa
Sultan Syarif Kasim II
Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport Riau.JPG
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Indonesia
OperatorPT Angkasa Pura II
LocationPekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL104 ft / 31 m
Coordinates0°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
PKU/WIBB is located in Indonesia Riau
Location of airport in Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia
PKU/WIBB is located in Sumatra
PKU/WIBB (Sumatra)
PKU/WIBB is located in Indonesia
PKU/WIBB (Indonesia)
PKU/WIBB is located in Southeast Asia
PKU/WIBB (Southeast Asia)
PKU/WIBB is located in Asia
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 8,530 2,600x45m Asphalt
Statistics (2018)

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.


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. 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 is constructed in a modern design concept with three jetways and a larger apron.

New terminalEdit

Departure Hall
Airport Check-in Area

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 narrow-bodied jets equivalent to Boeing 737-900ER aircraft and wide body jets equivalent to 2 Boeing 747 jumbo[4] jets at the same time. The 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. The new terminal is designed with a mix of Malay and modern architecture. The physical form of the building is inspired from the typical flying fauna form of Riau, Serindit birds. To meet the technical requirements of a world-class airport, the airport runway is extended from 2,200 meters to 2,600 meters and then to 3,000 meters[5] 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. Despite the opening of the new terminal in 2012, two out of the three jet bridges commenced operation in late July 2014. The airport has now four jet bridges.

The old terminal has been demolished to make way for a new apron. 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 facilitiesEdit

VIP roomEdit

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 loungeEdit

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.


The current terminal was equipped with various 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, KFC, Rotiboy, Roti O, Solaria Cafe, and the local coffee-shop franchise Kimteng Coffee.

Future planningEdit

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 destinationsEdit


AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International
Batik Air Jakarta–Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta
Citilink Bandung, Batam, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Kuala Lumpur–International,[8] Medan, Yogyakarta–International[9]
Garuda Indonesia Batam,[10] Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta
Indonesia AirAsia Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta
Lion Air Bandung, Batam, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Medan, Surabaya, Yogyakarta–International[11]
Seasonal: Jeddah,[Note 1] Medina[Note 2]
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International[12]
Malindo Air Kuala Lumpur–Subang,[13] Melaka
Scoot Singapore
Susi Air Dabo, Tanjung Balai Karimun, Tembilahan, West Pasaman[14]
Wings Air Dumai, Jambi, Padang, Palembang, Tanjung Pinang
  1. ^ Lion Air flight from Jeddah to Pekanbaru includes a stop-over at Thiruvananthapuram. However, Lion Air does not have rights to transport passengers solely between Jeddah and Thiruvananthapuram.
  2. ^ Lion Air flight from Pekanbaru to Medina includes a stop-over at Thiruvananthapuram. However, Lion Air does not have rights to transport passengers solely between Pekanbaru and Thiruvananthapuram.


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

Statistics and trafficEdit


Overall Operational Statistics[15][16]
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.[17]
  • 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.[18]
  • 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.[19][20] The plane tried to land three times but failed.[21] 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.[22]


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  7. ^ "Kapasitas Terminal Bandara SSK akan Diperluas | Berita Terkini Nusantara". Archived from the original on 6 April 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  8. ^ Liu, Jim. "Citilink files Pekanbaru – Kuala Lumpur schedule from late-Sep 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Starting on March 29th 2020, Garuda Indonesia Group Serves All Flights From and Toward Yogyakarta Through Yogyakarta International Airport". Garuda Indonesia. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
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  12. ^ "We now fly to Pekanbaru and Solo". Malaysia Airlines. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
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  16. ^ PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero). "Halaman Tidak Ditemukan - PT Angkasa Pura II". Retrieved 5 September 2015.
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  18. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Antonov 12 LZ-SFJ Pekanbaru-Simpang Tiga Airport (PKU)". Retrieved 5 September 2015.
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  20. ^ (in Indonesian)[2].
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  22. ^ "Lion Air won't fly Boeing 737-900 ERs to Pekanbaru | The Jakarta Post". Archived from the original on 1 June 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015.

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