Mopah International Airport

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Mopah International Airport
Bandar Udara Internasional Mopah
Airport type Public/Private
Owner Government of Indonesia
Operator Ministry of Transportation
Serves Merauke
Location Merauke, Papua, Indonesia
Elevation AMSL 10 ft / 3 m
Coordinates 08°31′13″S 140°25′06″E / 8.52028°S 140.41833°E / -8.52028; 140.41833Coordinates: 08°31′13″S 140°25′06″E / 8.52028°S 140.41833°E / -8.52028; 140.41833
MKQ is located in Papua
Location of airport in Papua
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 2,500 8,202 Asphalt

Mopah International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Mopah) (IATA: MKQICAO: WAKK) is an airport in Merauke, Papua, Indonesia. The airport is considered to be Indonesia's easternmost airport. The airport serves as the main gateway to several tourist destinations around Merauke, the most notably is the Wasur National Park.

The airport was constructed by the Allied forces in 1943 during the time of World War II. The airport was built so that the allied forces can coordinate attack on the Japanese forces. After the Surrender of Japan in 1945, the allied forces started leaving the airport and military control of the airport was handed back to the government of Dutch East Indies in 1945. The airport is then managed by the Dutch organization Netherlands Indies Civil Administration (NICA). Following the New York Agreement, the Dutch handed the control of the airport to the Indonesian government in 1962 as they left New Guinea.[1]

With the continued increase in tourist visits, the activity of airlines using the airport is also increased. The old terminal building which only has an area of 1,972 m2 and can only accommodate up to 331 passengers at peak hours are no longer sufficient because it exceeds the capacity of the terminal. To increase the capacity of the terminal, the terminal building was extensively renovated in 2015. The airport terminal was expanded from just 1.972 m2 to 4.634 m2. It can now cater around 200,000 passenger annually.[2] The check-in counter and baggage claim area now has a more minimalist interior. The airport's parking lot was also expanded to cater more vehicles.[3] The airport's toilet was also renovated extensively. The boarding lounge was also expanded and now contains 381 seats for the passengers to seat on.[4] Outside the terminal building, canopy has now been installed at the drop off location so that passengers avoid the heat and rain when they arrive at the terminal building. In one corner of the terminal, ATM Center also food court are now built. To add to the beauty and comfort for the passengers, around the terminal has been planted with trees and green grass. In total, the rehabilitation and expansion of the terminal building cost around Rp 16 billion.[5]

A new terminal building is planned to be constructed. It is predicted to start by the end of 2016. The new airport terminal is slated to be the largest airport terminal in the province of Papua and West Papua. The new terminal would have an area of 21,000 m2.[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Batik Air Makassar
Garuda Indonesia Jayapura
Lion Air Jayapura
Trigana Air Service Tanah Merah
Sriwijaya Air Makassar, Jayapura
Susi Air Bomakia, Ewer, Kepi, Kimam, Mindiptanah, Okaba, Senggo, Wanam


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