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Sultan Babullah Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Sultan Babullah) (IATA: TTE, ICAO: WAEE) also known as Ternate Airport, is located in the Indonesian province of North Maluku, close to the city of Ternate. The airport is named after Indonesian warrior Sultan Babullah of Ternate. The airport serves as the main access to the province, with a high flow of both passengers and cargo. In the long run, government policy regarding air transport development plans will be aimed at the development of infrastructure and service at the airport, allowing for further routes to and from the city.

Sultan Babullah Airport

Bandar Udara Sultan Babullah
Bandara sultan babullah.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Indonesia
OperatorMinistry of Transportation
LocationTernate, North Maluku, Indonesia
Time zoneWIT (UTC+09:00)
Elevation AMSL49 ft / 15 m
Coordinates0°49′55″N 127°22′50″E / 0.83194°N 127.38056°E / 0.83194; 127.38056Coordinates: 0°49′55″N 127°22′50″E / 0.83194°N 127.38056°E / 0.83194; 127.38056
TTE is located in Halmahera
Location of airport in North Maluku / Indonesia
TTE is located in Maluku
TTE (Maluku)
TTE is located in Indonesia
TTE (Indonesia)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
02/27 7,874 2,400 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)


Sultan Babullah Airport was opened on 1971 but officially commenced operations for civilian aircraft in 1978, becoming the main form of transportation to North Maluku. The airport is located roughly 6km from the city centre. In 2005, a terminal was inaugurated in order to accommodate the growing number of passengers. The airport set about further expansion in 2013, inaugurating a new and larger terminal while simultaneously expanding the runway.

Future planningEdit

The airport is already making plans to extend its runway to 2,500m order to accommodate planes such as the Boeing 737. Renovations to the apron is also expected to take place, and upon completion will be able to accommodate up to 9 aircraft. Future plans are also in place to allow for larger wide-body planes such as the Boeing 747 to operate.


The terminal is equipped with a bank, ATM machines, restaurants, bars, a VIP Lounge, duty-free shops, convenience stores, gift shops, travel agents, car rental, taxi service/rank. first aid services and much more.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Transportation to TernateEdit

There are many transport options to get from the airport to downtown Ternate:


Airport taxi's are usually stationed outside the airport terminal, charging roughly Rp 55,000 to get to the city. Motorcycle taxi's can also be located outside the terminal, a cheaper option to get to the city, with fares roughly around Rp 15,000.


Minibuses to the city can be found at the nearby university, approximately ten minutes walk from the airport.

Riot August 2007Edit

On August 22, 2007, the airport hosted a demonstration that led to more than 1,000 people rioting over gubernatorial elections. Several policemen and protesters were wounded, including four shot by police.[2]


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