A Riau Airlines Fokker 50 at Komodo Airport
Komodo Airport ( [1 ] Indonesian: ) ( Bandar Udara Komodo IATA: LBJ, ICAO: WATO) is an airport near the town of Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores in the East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia. The airport's name comes from Labuan Bajo's status as a departure point for tours to the nearby Komodo National Park, home of the Komodo dragon.
It was formerly known as
Mutiara II Airport, not to be confused with [2 ] Mutiara Airport located near the city of Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province. On September 2013 the first Boeing 737-800 landed and took off successfully.
Facilities [ edit ]
The airport resides at an
elevation of 67 feet (20 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 17/35 with an asphalt surface measuring 1,650 by 30 metres (5,413 ft × 98 ft). [1 ] [2 ]
Runway being extended to 2150 meters by Sep 2013 to accommodate 737's.
Airlines, and destinations [ edit ]
operated by Explore Garuda
Denpasar, Ende, Tambolaka
TransNusa Aviation Mandiri
Denpasar, Kupang, Makassar, Tambolaka, Waingapu
Trigana Air Service
Wings Abadi Airlines
Denpasar, Kupang, Maumere, Ende
Incidents [ edit ]
On September 14, 2011 an
Aviastar aircraft hit a group of cows upon landing at Komodo Airport, slightly damaging its forward part, although the airport officers had driven the cows away using motorcycles, before the aircraft landed. [5 ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b c "Komodo". Directorate General of Civil Aviation . Retrieved . 17 March 2010
^ a b c Airport information for WATO from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
^ Airport information for LBJ at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
^ "Island in focus: Plane hits cows at Komodo airport". September 16, 2011.
External links [ edit ]