Dili Airport – The heart of East Timor
Dili Airport, which is officially known as Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport is a major airport serving Dili, which is the capital of East Timor. The airport was earlier known as Comoro International Airport, and is presently operated by East Timor Civil Aviation Division. The airport is located at an elevation of 8 meters above sea level and currently has only 1 asphalt runway measuring 1,849 meters in length. The airport does not have the capacity of holding aircraft larger than the Boeing 737 or C-130 Hercules. The airport is slated for up gradation and the new airport will have new terminal facilities that will aid in boosting tourism in the country.
The history of the Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport goes back to the year 1975 when this airport was opened for public use. During the Portugues rule in the country, Baucau Airport was the major airport which had a much larger runway than the runway which is presently at Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport, but the Baucau Airport was closed for civilian traffic after the Invasion by Indoensia in 1975. The charge of the Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport was given to the Australian Defence Force during Operation Astute in May 2006. The airport was directly connected to many destinations across the globe in the past, but currently most of the airline has stopped scheduled services from the Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport.
Airnorth, Air Timor, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Silk Air and Sriwijaya Air are the only airlines that operate regular and seasonal passenger flights from the Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport. Air Timor Cargoand Garuda Indonesia Cargo is the major cargo operators flying to and from the Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport. Atambua airport which is 96 km from Dili and Alor Island airport, at a distance of 112 km from Dili are the nearest airports from Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport.
The Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport offers decent facilities and numerous passenger friendly services to the travellers, but till now the airport has not been awarded for its services towards the East Timor’s civil aviation sector.
Routes and Destinations
Currently only 6 airline operators fly to and from the Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport. Darwin, Singapore and Denpasar are the only 3 destinations which are directly connected to Dili. Darwin, Manila, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta, Kupang City, Yogyakarta, Bandung, Batam, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Lisbon are among the many destinations which were earlier linked with the airport directly, but presently services to these cities remain suspended.
Why Fly Through This Airport
How to Check-in
Airline flying to and from the Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport offer multiple options of check-in. Passengers can check-in online or opt for mobile check-in, both of which can be done 24 hours prior to departure. Passengers can also check in at the airport counter. The Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport has many check-in desks and kiosks for the convenience of passengers. Please note that different airline may have different timings for check-in and it may vary from one airline to the other. Thus it is advisable that you speak to your airline regarding the same.
Baggage allowance is subject to airline policy and can vary from one airline to other, so passengers should speak to their airline regarding what and how much to carry when travelling from Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport. Passengers can generally check-in 23 kg in economy class and 32 kg when travelling in business class. Hand baggage is limited to 7 kg for economy class and 12 kg for business class. Charges for excess luggage are applicable and can be paid at the airport.
Travellers can pre book their seat online during online check-in 24 hours prior to departure and airline generally charges a nominal fee for this service. To avoid extra charges passengers can come at the airport early where passengers are allotted seats on first come first serve basis. While you can make a request for your preferred seat, it is not guaranteed as seats are subject to availability. To enjoy great views during the landing or takeoff of your flight, opt for window seat. If you are looking for specific seat on the flight then it is advisable to book your seat in advance by paying the nominal fee.
When booking your ticket at the airport counter or airline office in the city, tickets can be bought free of any service charge. The most convenient way to make your flight reservation is to book your tickets online at the airline’s website or the airport’s official website. However, every ticket booked online demands additional charges to be paid as ‘service fee’. You need to contact your airline counter in case of cancellation or modification of your ticket.