Pekanbaru is served by Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport (PKU). The airport is often referred as to SSK II or SSK and is formerly known as Simpang Tiga Airport. The name of the airport is obtained from Sultan Syarif Kasim II who is the last sultan of Siak and a Indonesian National Hero.
Although there was a plan to construct a new airport outside the city, it was decided in 2010 to expand the current airport. The singel runway has been extended to 3000 meters. A new terminal opened in 2012 with three jet bridges and a larger apron capable to handle wide-body aircraft like the Boeing 747. The new terminal has an executive lounge, ATM, a clinic, restaurants and shops.
The airport is located within the city limits on the Jalan Bandara SSK II, about 5 km south of Pekanbaru city center.
There is not any public transportation at the airport but outside you have a few options. The Trans Metro bus stop is about a 15 minute walk away. There you can catch an airconditioned bus into the city for Rp. 4000. Outside the airport angkot will be waiting and can take you for Rp. 4000; an ojek can cost Rp. 25.000 to 40.000 but it depends on your destination and negotiation skills.
At SSK II Airport there is an official airport taxi which operates by a fixed fare. A destination within Pekanbaru costs between 60.000 to 100.000. A cheaper option is to walk outside the airport and flag down a passing taxi which will use the meter.
All prices quoted here were found in July 2017
Most flights from Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport are to Jakarta and to Medan but there are many more flights to other destinations as well, most of them by Lion Air. Every day there are flights to 12 destinations from Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport. Here are the most popular destinations: