Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport

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Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport

Bandar Udara Internasional Sultan Iskandar Muda

Bandar Udara Antar Nanggroë Sultan Iskandar Muda
MTB SultanIskandarMudaIntlAirport.JPG
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Indonesia
Operator PT Angkasa Pura II
Serves Banda Aceh
Location Blang Bintang, Aceh Besar
Opened 1943
Elevation AMSL 65 ft / 20 m
Coordinates 05°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 (2017)
Passenger 3,443,322

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 subdistrict with same name. This airport is listed as the 23rd busiest airport in Indonesia.

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]


Garuda Indonesia Airbus A330–300 PK-GPG being pushback before take off to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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 pilgrims departure in connection with the election of Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport as one of the embarkation/disembarkation 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 destinations

A Garuda Indonesia aircraft being towed at Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport to Jakarta
Garuda Indonesia Boeing 737-800 PK-GMK, ready for push and start on BTJ on flight to CGK

The following destinations are served from the airport:


Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International
Batik Air Jakarta–Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta
Citilink Medan
Firefly Penang
Garuda Indonesia Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Medan (resumes 11 January 2019)

Seasonal: Jeddah, Medina

Indonesia AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International [5]
Lion Air Medan
Seasonal: Jeddah[6][Note 1]
Malindo Air Penang
Susi Air Blangkejeren, Blangpidie, Kutacane, Meulaboh

Parking facilities

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

Traffic and statistics

Overall Operational Statistics
Year Passengers movements Aircraft movements Freight movements

Accidents and incidents


  1. ^ Lion Air flight from Banda Aceh to Jeddah 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. ^ Press, The Associated. "Major Military Attack Unfolds Against Rebels in Indonesia".
  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".

External links

  • Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport - Indonesia Airport Global Website
  • Airport information for WITT at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  • Airport information for BTJ / WITT at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  • Accident history for BTJ / WITT at Aviation Safety Network
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