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Sentani International Airport

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Sentani International Airport

Bandar Udara Internasional Sentani
Aerial view of Sentani Airport 20130412.jpg
Aerial view of Sentani Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Indonesia
OperatorPT. Angkasa Pura I
LocationJayapura Regency, Papua, Indonesia
Elevation AMSL289 ft / 88 m
Coordinates2°34′37″S 140°30′58″E / 2.57694°S 140.51611°E / -2.57694; 140.51611
Western New Guinea region in Indonesia

Western New Guinea region in Indonesia
DJJ /WAJJ is located in Papua (province)
Location in Papua
DJJ /WAJJ is located in Western New Guinea
DJJ /WAJJ is located in Indonesia
Location in Indonesia
DJJ /WAJJ is located in Southeast Asia
DJJ /WAJJ (Southeast Asia)
DJJ /WAJJ is located in Asia
DJJ /WAJJ (Asia)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 3,000 9,843 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Lion Air MD-83 parked at Sentani Airport of Jayapura
Lion Air MD-83 parked at Sentani Airport of Jayapura
Batavia Air B737-200 parked at Sentani Airport of Jayapura
Batavia Air B737-200 parked at Sentani Airport of Jayapura
Sentani Airport Terminal Area
Sentani Airport Terminal Area

Sentani International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Sentani) (IATA: DJJ, ICAO: WAJJ) is an airport serving Jayapura,[1] the capital of Papua province, Indonesia, on the island of New Guinea. It is located in the town of Sentani District, approximately 40 km from downtown Jayapura; the name 'Sentani' is taken from a Lake Sentani nearby. It is the easternmost airport in Indonesia, the largest airport in Papua and the main hub to outside the island of Papua, Since 14 October 2019 the management of the airport is taken over by PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero).


Sentani Airport was a part of the large American facilities at Hollandia (now Jayapura), which was seized from the Japanese during World War II by an American amphibious task force Code named Operation Reckless on 22 April 1944.

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.

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

Name change

On 20 October 2020, Governor of Papua Lukas Enembe officially change the name of Sentani International Airport to Dortheys Hiyo Eluay International Airport. Enembe stated that the name, which stands for Papuan late former legislative member and activist Theys Hiyo Eluay, was a form of respect for one of the charismatic Papuan figures and a public figure of Sentani tribe, whose people is the owner of customary land rights of the airport.[3][4] Furthermore, Regent of Jayapura Mathius Awoitauw says that he was the axis of change for all indigenous peoples in Papua, so that so he hoped the public "would not have to argue anymore" and "have the same perception".[5] However, Tribal Council of Sentani (Dewan Adat Suku Sentani) rejects the name change, citing lack of consultation with Sentani people who owned the land.[6]


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] Sentani airport has three airbridges.

Airlines and destinations


Batik Air Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar, Timika
Citilink Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar
Garuda Indonesia Biak, Denpasar/Bali, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar, Merauke, Nabire, Sorong, Surabaya, Timika
Lion Air Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar, Merauke, Sorong
PNG Air Mount Hagen[7]
Sriwijaya Air Biak, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar, Manokwari, Surabaya, Timika
Trigana Air Service Dekai, Nabire, Oksibil, Wamena
Wings Air Dekai, Kaimana, Nabire, Wamena
XpressAirManokwari, Sorong


Cardig Air Jakarta, Wamena
Jayawijaya Dirgantara Wamena
Tri-MG Intra Asia Airlines Jakarta, Wamena
Trigana Air Service Wamena
Deraya Air Wamena
My Indo AirlinesJakarta, Wamena

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

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.[8] As of the end of 2015, the airport incorporates all the aforementioned improvements.

Culture hygiene

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.[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b Airport information for WAJJ from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Pluth, Dave. "The Captured Oscars of Hollandia". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  3. ^ Batlayeri, Albert. "Bandara Internasional Sentani Berubah Nama Menjadi Bandara Theis Hiyo Eluway pada 20 Oktober 2020". Lelemuku. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  4. ^ Youwe, Alan. "Bandara Sentani Jayapura Ganti Nama Dortheys Hiyo Eluay". Kumparan. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  5. ^ Wally, Engelbert. "Bupati: Bandara Theys Hiyo Eluay bukan sekadar nama". Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Perubahan Nama Bandara Sentani dan Stadion Papua Bangkit Ditolak". Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  7. ^ "PNG Air schedules Mount Hagen int'l debut for mid-1Q17". ch-aviation. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Several airports coming up in Papua". 8 October 2012.
  9. ^ Ssstt... Dilarang Makan Pinang di Bandara Jayapura

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