Sentani International Airport

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Sentani International Airport
Bandar Udara Internasional Sentani
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Indonesia
Operator Ministry of Transportation
Serves Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia
Elevation AMSL 289 ft / 88 m
Coordinates 2°34′37″S 140°30′58″E / 2.57694°S 140.51611°E / -2.57694; 140.51611Coordinates: 2°34′37″S 140°30′58″E / 2.57694°S 140.51611°E / -2.57694; 140.51611
DJJ is located in Papua
Location of airport in Papua
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 3,000 9,843 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]
Lion Air MD-83 at Sentani Airport of Jayapura
Batavia Air B737-200 at Sentani Airport of Jayapura
Aerial view of the airport

Sentani International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Sentani) (IATA: DJJICAO: WAJJ) is an airport serving Jayapura,[1] 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 (now Jayapura), which was liberated from the Japanese during World War II by an American amphibious task force Code named Operation Reckless on 22 April 1944.[3]

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 Airfields.[3]

At the end of the war, Hollandia Airfield was abandoned, and until the early 2010s, it was reclaimed by natural overgrowth. The latest aerial imagery of this area now show a large housing development project underway on the site. Cyclops Airfield, which was a single runway facility to the northeast of Sentani Airfield and originally built by the Japanese, was also abandoned and is now part of the town of Sentani. This field is notable because it functioned as MacArthur's HQ at Hollandia.

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 of Papua.

Major USAAF units stationed at Hollandia[edit]


The airport resides at an elevation of 289 feet (88 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 12/30 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,000 by 45 metres (9,843 ft × 148 ft).[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Batik Air Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Makassar
Citilink Jakarta—Soekarno—Hatta, Makassar, Surabaya[4]
Cardig Air Wamena (Cargo)
Garuda Indonesia Biak, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Makassar, Merauke, Timika
Garuda Indonesia
operated by Explore and Explore Jet
Makassar, Manado, Manokwari, Nabire, Sorong, Surabaya, Timika
Lion Air Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Makassar, Merauke, Sorong
Nam Air Dekai, Nabire, Sorong
PNG Air Mount Hagen[5]
Sriwijaya Air Biak, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Makassar, Manokwari, Merauke, Surabaya, Timika
Susi Air Batom, Elelim, Ilu, Karubaga, Kasonaweja, Mulia, Sarmi, Senggeh, Tanah Merah
Trigana Air Service Dekai, Nabire, Oksibil, Wamena
Tri-MG Intra Asia Airlines Wamena (Cargo)
Wings Air Dekai, Kaimana, Wamena
XpressAir Manokwari, Sorong

The airport serves as the main port of entry into the island of Indonesian New Guinea. The air traffic is roughly divided between flights connecting to destinations within the Papua province and flights linking Papua to other parts of Indonesia.

Sentani Airport is also the main base for several aviation organizations, including Associated Mission Aviation, Mission Aviation Fellowship, YAJASI and Tariku Aviation.

Airport facility improvements[edit]

In October 2012, The Ministry of Transportation announced plans to extend the length of the airport's runway to 3,000 meters, add a parallel taxiway, and to expand the passenger terminal to accommodate jet bridges to board and disembark passengers.[6] As of the end of 2015, the airport incorporates all the aforementioned improvements.

Airport hygiene[edit]

Unlike typical airport terminals around the world, Sentani Airport features signs that read "Dilarang makan pinang" (translated, "Consumption of betel nuts is prohibited") posted on walls throughout the terminal. A sight that often attracts the attention of foreign travelers, these were posted in the late 2000s as the airport management's response to the local population's tendencies to chew areca nuts then dispose of red residue (caused by chewing) by spitting on public ground, leaving an ungainly stain on the ground.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Airport information for WAJJ from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for DJJ at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ a b c Pluth, Dave. "The Captured Oscars of Hollandia". Retrieved 15 April 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ "Siap-Siap, Citilink Terbang ke Jayapura". ch-aviation. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "PNG Air schedules Mount Hagen int'l debut for mid-1Q17". ch-aviation. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Several airports coming up in Papua". 8 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Ssstt... Dilarang Makan Pinang di Bandara Jayapura

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