Roman Tmetuchl International Airport

Roman Tmetuchl International Airport
Palau International Airport 1.JPG
Airport typePublic
OwnerRepublic of Palau
LocationNgerusar, Airai, Babeldaob Island, Palau
Elevation AMSL176 ft / 54 m
Coordinates07°22′02″N 134°32′39″E / 7.36722°N 134.54417°E / 7.36722; 134.54417Coordinates: 07°22′02″N 134°32′39″E / 7.36722°N 134.54417°E / 7.36722; 134.54417
ROR is located in Palau
Location of the Airport in Palau
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 7,200 2,195 Asphalt/Concrete
Sources: FAA,[1] DAFIF[2][3]

Roman Tmetuchl International Airport (IATA: ROR, ICAO: PTRO, FAA LID: ROR[1]), also known as Palau International Airport is the main airport of Palau. It is located near the former capital Koror, just north of Ngetkib, Airai on Babeldaob island. The airport is 4 miles (6 km) from Koror and 15 miles (25 km) from Ngerulmud.


Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan (8 April 2015)

The airport covers an area of 480 acres (190 ha) at an elevation of 176 feet (54 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 9/27 with an asphalt and concrete surface measuring 7,200 by 150 feet (2,194 x 45 m).[1] For the 12-month period ending December 13, 2004, the airport had 1,142 aircraft operations, an average of 95 per month: 78% scheduled commercial, 10% air taxi, 8% general aviation and 4% military.[1]


According to the Official Airline Guide (OAG), the only airline serving the airport in the fall of 1993 was Continental Micronesia (formerly Air Micronesia), a division of Continental Airlines, operating nonstop Boeing 727-200 jet service from Guam, Manila, Taipei and Yap, Caroline Islands.[4]

A resolution adopted by the Senate of Palau in May 2006 renamed Palau International Airport as the Roman Tmetuchl International Airport, in honor of the late local politician and businessman Roman Tmetuchl.[5] It is also known as Babelthuap/Koror Airport[1] or Airai Airport.

Delta Air Lines provided scheduled service to Tokyo-Narita until 2018. Following Delta's withdrawal from the Palau market, Skymark Airlines announced that it would start charter service from Narita to Palau, and upgrade these flights to scheduled service in mid-2019.[6]

Airlines and destinations

Air Niugini Brisbane, Port Moresby
Caroline Islands Air Yap
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan
Pacific Missionary Aviation Angaur, Peleliu
United Airlines Guam, Manila



  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Form 5010 for ROR – Babelthuap/Koror PDF, effective 2 Jul 2009.
  2. ^ Airport information for PTRO from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  3. ^ Airport information for ROR at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  4. ^ Oct. 1, 1993, OAG Desktop Flight Guide, Worldwide Edition, Koror, Palau Island flight schedules
  5. ^ Ngiraiwet, Florencia (2007-11-02), Senate Joint Resolution Status Table (PDF), Senate of Palau, archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-10, retrieved 2008-02-25
  6. ^ "Skymark to offer Tokyo service to Saipan and Palau". Nikkei Asian Review. Retrieved 2018-07-26.

External links

Media related to Roman Tmetuchl International Airport at Wikimedia Commons

  • Palau International Airport
  • Palau International Airport photo
  • Republic of Palau: Division of Transportation
  • Airport information for Babelthuap/Koror Airport (PTRO) at AirNav
  • Current weather for Babelthuap Island, Babelthuap/Koror Airport, Palau (PTRO) at NOAA/NWS
  • Accident history for Koror-Airai Airport (ROR) at Aviation Safety Network

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