El Tari International Airport

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El Tari International Airport

Bandar Udara Internasional El Tari
El tari airport.jpg
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerGovernment of Indonesia
OperatorPT Angkasa Pura I
LocationKupang, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Elevation AMSL102 m / 335 ft
Coordinates10°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
KOE is located in Timor
Location in Timor
KOE is located in Indonesia
Location in Indonesia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,700 8,202 Asphalt
12/30 1,273 4,175 Dirt/Grass
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft movements24.345

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] As of December 2018, there were at least 258 outbound flights per week from the airport.[2]


The airport is currently[when?] undergoing an expansion program. Two aero-bridge will be added and the terminal area will be expanded from current 7,400 square meters to 15,900 square meters.[3] The terminal will be built into two floors with waiting rooms at the upper floor.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The airport used to serve international routes to Dili and Darwin. International routes were suspended in the 1990s due to alleged human rights violations by the Indonesian Armed Forces in East Timor.[citation needed]The Kupang-Dili route was resumed on 15 December 2017, operated by Air Timor.


Airfast Indonesia Surabaya
Air Timor
operated by TransNusa
Batik Air Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Surabaya
Citilink Bajawa, Ende, Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Surabaya, Waingapu
Garuda Indonesia Denpasar, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar, Surabaya
Lion Air Denpasar, Surabaya
Nam Air Denpasar, Maumere, Surabaya, Tambolaka, Waingapu[5]
Nam Air
operated by TransNusa
Alor, Bajawa, Ende, Larantuka, Ruteng[6]
Susi Air Kisar, Lewoleba, Rote, Sabu
TransNusa Bajawa, Denpasar, Dili,[4] Labuan Bajo, Larantuka, Lewoleba, Maumere, Rote, Ruteng, Waingapu
Wings Air Alor, Atambua, Bajawa, Denpasar, Ende, Labuan Bajo, Larantuka, Lewoleba, Mataram–Lombok, Maumere, Ruteng, 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.[7]
  • 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.[7]
  • 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.[8]
  • On 21 December 2015[9] a Kalstar Aviation Embraer ERJ-195 PK-KDC operating a flight from Ende to Surabaya via Kupang overshot the runway at El Tari Airport in Kupang.[10]


  1. ^ Kupang-Eltari Airport profile at Aviation Safety Network
  2. ^ "East Nusa Tenggara optimistic about tourism prospects". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  3. ^ "AP I akan Tambah Sejumlah Fasilitas di Bandara El Tari Kupang". Kompas.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b "15 Desember, Air Timor Buka Rute Penerbangan Dili-Kupang". Kompas.com. 1 December 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ a b "Merpati Air Plane Passengers Unharmed in Emergency Landing". Bernama. Retrieved 4 December 2009.
  8. ^ "Merpati Plane Crash-Lands in Kupang: All Survive". Thejakartaglobe.com. 10 June 2013. Archived from the original on 13 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  9. ^ "The Aviation Herald". Avherald.com. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Kalstar E195 incident at Kupang". Avherald.com. 21 December 2013.

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