|Sentani Airport (SNA)
Bandar Udara Sentani
Sentani Airport of Jayapura
|Serves||Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia|
|Elevation AMSL||289 ft / 88 m|
Sentani Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Sentani) (IATA: DJJ, ICAO: WAJJ) is an airport serving Jayapura, the capital of Papua province, Indonesia, on the island of New Guinea. The name of this airport is taken from a lake nearby.
Sentani Airport was a part of the large American facilities at Hollandia, which was liberated from the Japanese by an American amphibious task force Code named Operation Reckless on 22 April 1944.
The area was occupied by the Japanese in April 1942, and by 10 October 1943, the Japanese had built a large complex with two runways: a western runway of 4,500 ft and a second southern runway was 6,200 ft x 340 ft. There were 24 larger bomber revetments to the west of the strip, and an additional 27 to the east of the field, connected by taxiways to the two runways. Anti-aircraft defenses included 4 light guns that were later upgraded. The airfields were badly cratered by American bomber raids.
Once controlled by the Americans the airfields were rebuilt and it became a command and control base with large numbers of operational units flying combat missions with fighters and heavy bombers operating out of the area. The American facilities consisted of three large military airfields: Hollandia, Sentani and Cyclops Aerodromes.
At the end of the war the Hollandia airfield was abandoned but remains in good condition to this day. Part of the complex was the Cyclops airfield, which was a single runway facility, built by the Japanese. It is notable because it functioned as MacArthur's HQ at Hollandia. Today Cyclops Airfield is overgrown, being abandoned since the war. It has been partially developed into the town of Sentani.
Sentani Airfield is the only part of the complex still in use as an airfield today. It is used as the principal entry point into the Indonesian half of the island.
Major USAAF units stationed at Hollandia
- 308th Bombardment Wing (10 August-22 October 1944)
- 310th Bombardment Wing (6 May-18 September 1944)
- 85th Fighter Wing (24 July-24 October 1944)
- 3d Bombardment Group (12 May-16 November 1944)
- 312th Bombardment Group (June-19 November 1944)
- 49th Fighter Group (17 May-5 June 1944)
- 475th Fighter Group (15 May-14 July 1944)
- 317th Troop Carrier Group (June-17 November 1944)
- 418th Night Fighter Squadron (12 May-28 September 1944)
Airlines and destinations
|This section requires expansion. (October 2012)|
|Express Air||Makassar, Manokwari, Nabire, Kaimana, Sorong, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Wamena|
|Garuda Indonesia||Biak, Denpasar/Bali, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar, Manado, Manokwari, Merauke, Sorong, Timika|
|Lion Air||Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar, Merauke|
|Sriwijaya Air||Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar, Timika, Merauke, Biak, Manokwari|
|Susi Air||Borme, Dekai, Kasonaweja, Mulia, Sarmi, Senggeh, Wamena|
|Trigana Air Service||Oksibil, Wamena|
|Wings Air||Nabire, Kaimana, Wamena|
Sentani is also the main base for at least four missionary aviation organizations.
In Sentani Airport, you can find the typical prohibition sign besides no smoking sign, viz. "Do not eat areca nut" or the no areca nut eating signs. This is because many Papuans frequently chew areca nut and spit its juice carelessly. It is called "spitting red.
- Airport information for WAJJ from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
- Airport information for DJJ at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- "Several airports coming up in Papua". 8 October 2012.
- Ssstt... Dilarang Makan Pinang di Bandara Jayapura
- Other sources