El Tari International Airport

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El Tari International Airport
Bandar Udara Internasional El Tari
El tari airport.jpg
Airport type Public / Military
Owner Government of Indonesia
Operator PT Angkasa Pura I
Serves Kupang
Location Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Elevation AMSL 102 m / 335 ft
Coordinates 10°10′17″S 123°40′16″E / 10.17139°S 123.67111°E / -10.17139; 123.67111Coordinates: 10°10′17″S 123°40′16″E / 10.17139°S 123.67111°E / -10.17139; 123.67111
Website kupang-airport.com
KOE is located in Timor
Location of airport in East Nusa Tenggara / Indonesia
KOE is located in Indonesia
KOE (Indonesia)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
12/30 1,273 4,175 Dirt/Grass
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 2.453.229
Aircraft movements 24.345
Cargo 5.224.455

El Tari International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional El Tari) (IATA: KOE, ICAO: WATT) is an airport in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The airport is named after El Tari, the governor of East Nusa Tenggara from 1966 to 1978. The airport's ICAO code was changed from WRKK to WATT in 2004.[1] The airport used to serve international routes to Dili and Darwin. This was closed in the 1990s, due to the violation of human rights by the Indonesian Armed Forces in East Timor. The Kupang-Dili route is well be resumed on 15 December 2017, operated by Air Timor.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air Timor
operated by TransNusa
Batik Air Jakarta–Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta–Soekarno—Hatta
Citilink Surabaya
Garuda Indonesia Denpasar/Bali, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Surabaya,
Garuda Indonesia
operated by Explore and Explore Jet
Denpasar/Bali, Ende, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Tambolaka, Makassar
Lion Air Denpasar/Bali, Jakarta–Soekarno—Hatta, Surabaya
Nam Air Denpasar/Bali, Waingapu, Maumere, Tambolaka[3]
Nam Air
operated by TransNusa
Alor, Ende, Ruteng, Bajawa, Larantuka [4]
Sriwijaya Air Jakarta–Soekarno—Hatta, Surabaya
Susi Air Lewoleba, Sabu, Kisar
TransNusa Bajawa, Denpasar/Bali, Larantuka, Labuan Bajo, Lewoleba, Maumere, Ruteng, Waingapu
Wings Air Alor, Atambua, Bajawa, Denpasar/Bali, Ende, Larantuka, Labuan Bajo, Maumere, Mataram–Lombok (Begins 25 May 2018), Rote, Tambolaka, Waingapu

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 27 November 2009, Batavia Air Flight 711, operated by a Boeing 737-400 made an emergency landing after a problem was discovered with the landing gear.[5]
  • On 2 December 2009, Merpati Nusantara Airlines Fokker 100 PK-MJD made an emergency landing when the left main gear failed to extend. There were no injuries among the passengers and crew.[5]
  • On 10 June 2013, Merpati Nusantara Airlines Flight 6517, a Xian MA60 operated by Merpati Nusantara Airlines suffered a structural failure and crashed on the runway after a hard landing. No one was killed in the crash, but 25 people were injured. 5, including the Captain, was seriously injured. An investigation by the NTSC found that the pilot moved the throttle to the way back, causing the aircraft to lose lift. The crash was the second hull loss of a Xi'an MA60 operated by Merpati.[6]
  • On 21 December 2015[7] a Kalstar Aviation Embraer ERJ-195 PK-KDC overshot the runway at El Tari Airport in Kupang.[8]


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