Lat 6° 10' 1N Long 102° 17' 35E Kota Bharu Airfield is located at Kota Bharu (Kota Baru) on the eastern coast of the Malay Peninsula in Kelantan State in Malaysia. Wartime spelling: "Kota Baru". Also known as "Pengkalan Chepa" or "Sultan Ismail Petra".
Built prior to the war, known as "RAF Kota Bharu". The airfield had a single east-west runway (10/28).
Occupied by the Japanese Army 25th Army commanded by General Yamashita on December 8, 1941. During the war, the Japanese built a northeast-southwest runway (25/08), slightly shorter than the prewar British runway.
American missions against Kota Baru
May 4 - June 11, 1945
After the war, the airfield was turned into a civilian airport. The passenger terminal was built and was known as "Pengkalan Chepa Airport".
In 1999, the government announced that the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport will be relocated to a new terminal building. The project started in September 2000 and was completed in June 2002. Today known as Sultan Ismail Petra Airport. The single runway is oriented 28/10 measures 6,982' x 150' surfaced with asphalt. Airport codes ICAO: WMKC and IATA: KBR.
Index to Air Bases - Research Report No. 85, I.G. No 9185 - July 30, 1944
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February 18, 2018