Bandar Udara Komodo
|Owner||Government of Indonesia|
|Operator||Ministry of Transportation|
|Serves||Labuan Bajo, Flores Island, Indonesia|
|Elevation AMSL||67 ft / 20 m|
Komodo Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Komodo) (IATA: LBJ, ICAO: WATO) is an airport near the town of Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores in 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, not to be confused with Mutiara Airport located near the city of Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province. On September 2013 the first Boeing 737-800 landed and took off successfully.
On 27 December 2015, President Joko Widodo inaugurated a new modern terminal at the airport. The larger terminal will be able to provide passenger services for up to 1.5 million passengers per year compared with the capacity of the old terminal of around 150,000 passengers per annum. The new infrastructure is thus expected to encourage a marked increase in the number of tourists coming to the island of Flores and its surroundings.
In addition, the foundation also extended runway with a length of 2,250 meters and a width of 45 meters which can accommodate aircraft jet medium class such as the Airbus A320, Boeing 737-800, and Boeing 737-900ER. Previously the airport was only able to accommodate smaller aircraft such as the ATR 72 propeller aircraft.
It is estimated that 16 aircraft can land and take off each day with the expansion of the runway. In the future this service will also be sought to operate 24 hours.
Airlines and destinations
On September 14, 2011 an Aviastar aircraft hit a group of cows upon landing at Komodo Airport slightly damaging the forward part of the aircraft. Airport officers on motorcycles had attempted to drive the cows away before the aircraft landed.
- "Komodo". Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2010.
- Airport information for WATO from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
- Airport information for LBJ at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
- "Island in focus: Plane hits cows at Komodo airport". September 16, 2011.