Komodo Airport

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Komodo Airport
Bandar Udara Komodo
Mutiara II Airport

IATA: LBJICAO: WATO

LBJ is located in Indonesia Flores
LBJ
LBJ
Location of airport in Flores
Summary
Airport type Public
Serves Labuan Bajo, Flores Island, Indonesia
Elevation AMSL 67 ft / 20 m
Coordinates 08°29′12″S 119°53′21″E / 8.48667°S 119.88917°E / -8.48667; 119.88917
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 2,100 6,889 Asphalt
Sources: Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation,[1] DAFIF[2][3]
Main building
A Riau Airlines Fokker 50 at Komodo Airport

Komodo Airport[1] (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Komodo) (IATA: LBJICAO: 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,[2] not to be confused with Mutiara Airport located near the city of Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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.[4]

Airlines, and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aviastar Mandiri Denpasar
Garuda Indonesia
operated by Explore Garuda
Denpasar, Ende, Tambolaka
TransNusa Aviation Mandiri Denpasar, Kupang, Makassar, Tambolaka, Waingapu
Trigana Air Service Ruteng
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]

  1. ^ a b c "Komodo". Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Airport information for WATO from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  3. ^ Airport information for LBJ at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  4. ^ http://www.eturbonews.com/36070/new-expanded-labuan-bajo-komodo-airport-ready-sail-komodo
  5. ^ "Island in focus: Plane hits cows at Komodo airport". September 16, 2011. 

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