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Hollandia Airfield Complex

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Sentani Airport (SNA)
Bandar Udara Sentani
Sentani Airport of Jayapura
Location of airport in Papua
Airport type Public
Owner Jayapura Government
Serves Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia
Elevation AMSL 289 ft / 88 m
Coordinates 02°34′37″S 140°30′58″E / 2.57694°S 140.51611°E / -2.57694; 140.51611

Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 2,500 8,200 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Sentani Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara 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, which was liberated from the Japanese 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 October 10, 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 Aerodromes.

At the end of the war the Hollandia airfield was abandoned but remains in good condition to this day. Part of the complex was the Cyclops airfield, which was a single runway facility, built by the Japanese. It is notable because it functioned as MacArthur's HQ at Hollandia. Today Cyclops Airfield is overgrown, being abandoned since the war. It has been partially developed into the town of Sentani.

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.

Major USAAF units stationed at Hollandia


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 2,183 by 45 metres (7,162 ft × 148 ft).[1]

Airlines and destinations

Sentani is also the main base for at least four missionary aviation organizations.

Runway extension

In October 2012, The Ministry of Transportation announced plans to extend the runway to 3,000 meters, develop the taxiway, and also provide jet bridges to board and disembark passengers.[3]

Hygiene culture

In Sentani Airport, you can find the typical prohibition sign besides no smoking sign, viz. "Do not eat areca nut" or the no areca nut eating signs. This is because many Papuans frequently chew areca nut and spit its juice carelessly. It is called "spitting red.[4]

See also


Other sources
  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.

External links

  • NWS
  • Aviation Safety Network

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