Pattimura International Airport

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Pattimura International Airport
Bandar Udara Internasional Pattimura
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Indonesia
Operator PT Angkasa Pura I
Serves Ambon
Location Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
Time zone WIT (UTC+09:00)
Elevation AMSL 33 ft / 10 m
Coordinates 03°42′36.95″S 128°05′20.89″E / 3.7102639°S 128.0891361°E / -3.7102639; 128.0891361
AMQ is located in Indonesia Maluku
AMQ is located in Indonesia
Location of the airport in Maluku
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Passengers 817.666
Aircraft movements 11.315
Cargo 3.103.972

Pattimura International Airport is an airport in Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia (IATA: AMQICAO: WAPP). Pattimura Airport is an airport located in Ambon, Maluku province, Indonesia. The airport also serves the arrival in the country with an area of 2,500 m² runway and abroad with a broad foundation of 400 m2. The airport is within 38 kilometers of the city of Ambon. At the airport there are facilities immigration, quarantine, customs clearance, cargo buildings, restaurants, public telephones and post office. Ambon Pattimura Airport is located on one of the islands in the Maluku islands is a very strategic area. The airport was named after Pattimura, regarded a national hero in Indonesia who fought against the Dutch in 1816.

Pattimura Airport Apron


Pattimura International Airport is located in the northwest of the city of Ambon, about 38 kilometers from the city of Ambon. This service is a legacy of the Netherlands, was established in 1939 as Laha Airfield. In early February 1942, the airport was captured by the Japanese in the Battle of Ambon and used as a base for the Japanese to do battle against the allied forces in the Pacific.

After the independence of Indonesia was proclaimed, Pattimura used by as an air base. This situation lasted until August 1, 1962. That year, the government formed a working unit in charge of organizing the civil aviation maintenance and operation of airports for the benefit of civil air transport. At the same time, the Pattimura Airport is operated as an Air Force Air Base. Based on the Joint Decree of the Minister of Defense / Armed Forces Commander, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Finance, in 1975, Pattimura airport designated as civilian airfield and fully controlled by the Department of Transportation.

In 1979, the airport Pattimura Airport designated as Class II. Since 1985, changed its status to Class I. Subsequently, in September 1988, with the formation of the Department of Transportation Office of Maluku province, the Organization Unit Pattimura Airport into UPT Maluku Regional Office of the Department of Transportation. On October 11, 1995, the status of the management of the Pattimura Airport transferred to PT. Angkasa Pura I (Persero), as the State Owned Enterprises by the authority as a manager of several airports in the central and eastern Indonesia.


This airport is located 36 kilometers from the city of Ambon.[1] The airport has an immigration office, a quarantine facility, a tax office, a cargo storage building, several small restaurants, public pay phones, and a post office.

Free wi-fi internet is available throughout the airport facility.

There are multiple ATM's available outside the terminal building near the Damri bus waiting place. The banks that have ATM's at the Ambon airport include: Bank Mandiri, Bank BNI, Bank BRI, Bank Maluku and Bank BCA.

The international terminal is 1,200 m2 (gates C & D) and has an annual capacity of 70,000 passengers. The domestic terminal is 7,393 m2 (gates A & B) and has an annual capacity of 406,000 passengers.

Currently there are no regularly scheduled international flights to or from Ambon, so the international terminal is used for domestic flights which are operated with larger airplanes and can make use of the 2 jet bridges for easier loading and unloading of the airplanes – especially during rain.

The cargo terminal size is 1,192 m2. The outside parking area is 8,574 m2.[2]

Airport Tax[edit]

When flying in Indonesia, the airport tax is usually included in the ticket price, except for a few small airlines. After you check-in and get your boarding pass, if you are flying one of these small airlines, you will need to pay the airport tax at a booth on the way to the gate. The airport tax is Rp 30,000 per person for departures from Pattimura Airport.[3]

Ground transportation[edit]

Transport from Pattimura Airport to Ambon City center is possible through the following options:

  • Taxi

Taxis are located outside the terminal, and are unmarked cars and vans. There are no marked/metered taxis in Ambon. There are always plenty of drivers anxious to take you anywhere you want to go. The drive around the bay to the city takes about an hour and costs Rp 150,000 – Rp 200,000. Usually the later in the day it is, the more likely the taxi drivers are willing to take a lower price.

  • Angkot-Ferry

As an alternative, you can also walk to the road and take an angkot to the Poka Ferry for Rp 3,500, and take the ferry to Galala for Rp 1,400, and then take an angkot from Galala into town for about Rp 3,000 depending on where in town you are going. This way also takes about an hour.

  • Bus

Damri bus company operates 4 times daily between the airport and Ambon city with a cost of Rp 35,000.[4] Bus routes from the airport to Ambon City center takes you through these routes: Bandara – Hative Besar – Wayame – Rumah Tiga – Waiheru – Nania – Passo – Lateri – Halong – Galala – Batu Merah – Kantor DPRD – Hotel Manise – Hotel Amboina – Tugu Trikora – Mangga Dua – Kantor Jasindo – Hotel Abd. Alie – AY Patti – Lapangan Merdeka.

The bus routes from the city center to the airport are as follows: Lapangan Merdeka – Swalayan Citra – Batu Merah – Galala – Halong – Lateri – Passo – Nania – Waiheru – Rumah Tiga – Wayame – Hative Besar – Bandara Pattimura.

  • Motorcycle Taxi - Ojek

If the weather is nice you can take a motorcycle taxi. Just walk out of the airport and say "ojek" and you will find a motorcycle taxi driver ready and waiting. Be sure and agree on a price before you depart. If you are going to town, expect to pay at least Rp 30,000. This is the fastest way to get to town from the airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aviastar Banda, Namlea, Namrole
Batik Air Jakarta-Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar, Surabaya
Garuda Indonesia Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar
Garuda Indonesia
operated by Explore and Explore Jet
Langgur, Saumlaki, Sorong, Ternate
Lion Air Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar
NAM Air Manado, Sorong
Sriwijaya Air Ternate
Susi Air Banda, Namlea
Trigana Air Service Dobo, Langgur, Saumlaki, Namrole
Wings Air Dobo (Begins 29 March 2017),[5] Langgur, Fakfak, Manokwari, Nabire Kaimana, Sorong, Saumlaki
Xpressair Saumlaki

Former Foreign Route[edit]

Since 1998, there has been no international routes operating out of the Pattimura International Airport. Previously there was a flight from Ambon to Darwin, Australia. There has been occasional flights to Darwin at the time of the various boating events, but no regularly scheduled international flights since 1998. Recently there has been talk of resuming international flights out of Ambon, but nothing specific has been announced yet.[6]


  • On 24 July 1992, Mandala Airlines Flight 660 crashed when on approach to Pattimura Airport. All 70 passengers and crew on board were killed.
  • On 7 June 1997, a Merpati Nusantara Airlines flight collided with a tree on approach but was able to land safely.[7]
  • On 2 January 2007, Lion Air Flight JT 797 skidded on the runway stopping just 4 meters before the end of the runway. Neither the plane nor any of the passengers were injured, but a runway light was damaged. The accident occurred at 8:14am during heavy rains.[8]