Sultan Syarif Qasim II International Airport (IATA: PKU, ICAO: WIBB) is an international airport that serves the city of Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia. The airport is often referred as to SSQ II, SSQ or Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport (SSK II), and formerly known as Simpang Tiga Airport. The name of the airport is obtained from Sultan Syarif Qasim II which is a pre-independence historical figure from Riau.
The airport serves flights to and from several cities in Indonesia and neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore and some direct flights to Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Medan and Batam. In recent years, as the establishment of the locally-owned Riau Airlines, PKU is also the home base of the airline, servicing into small and regional airports within Riau, Riau Islands, and Jambi.
The airport also the homebase of TNI-AU (Indonesian Air Force) 12th Squadron airbase, a shelter to some Hawk Mk.109s and Mk.209s, and also Sikorsky S-58T Twinpac on the rotor-wing side.
The Provincial Government of Riau is considering to move the airport into a new and convenient place, somewhat outside the city of Pekanbaru. Some locations have been chosen, but the final decision has not been made yet.
Airlines and passengers.
Indonesia AirAsia (Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur [begins 30 Mar, 2008]) )
Garuda Indonesia (Jakarta, Singapore)
Merpati Nusantara Airlines (Jakarta, Medan)
Riau Airlines (Malacca)