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Airport Overview

The airport covers an area of 480 acres (190 ha), at an elevation of 176 feet (54 m) above sea level. It has one runway, designated 9/27 with an asphalt and concrete surface and measures 7,200 by 150 feet (2,194 x 45 m). The airport handles about 200,000 passenger movements per year, and operates  approximately 30 flights per week scheduled and chartered.

The main passenger carriers are United Airlines, Korean Air, Delta Airlines, and Japan Airlines. Scheduled air cargo freight services are provided by United Airlines as part of their passenger services, with APA Asia Pacific Air providing chartered cargo services.

The airport maintains ARFF emergency rescue services compliant with FAA regulations. The ARFF maintains two quick response tankers on call 24/7, located at the airport.

 

Airport Location and Contact 

Country 

Republic of Palau  

Province or District

Airok 

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Airport

Koror, 10km

Airport’s Complete Name

Roman Tmetuchl International Airport 

Latitude

072.202N

Longitude 

134.3239E 

Elevation (ft and m)

176ft/54m 

IATA Code

ROR 

ICAO Code

PTRO

Managing Company or Airport Authority

Bureau of Aviation

Management Contact Person

Peter Polloi 

Open From (hours)

6pm (Scheduled operating hours) 

Open To (hours)

4am (Scheduled operating hours) 

The airport remains open with emergency
services on 24/7. The airport is open as per charter flight requests as required. 


Airport Picture

Airport Features:

  • Terminal
  • Maintenance Facilities
  • Ground Handling Services and (Old Terminal)
  • Palau Helicopters
  • Hard Stand (South and Main Apron)
  • North Apron
  • Parking
  • Emergency Services- ARFF services and flight control monitoring

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

Airport Operation

The airport is operated by the Bureau of Aviation (BoA), and the Director also undertakes the role of airport manager. The BoA is responsible for overseeing all activities at the airport, for all flight service and flight permit cargo, as well as passenger related activities and services.

International Carriers

The main international carriers are United Airlines, Japan Airlines, Korean Airlines and China Airlines. Delta Airlines also currently service Palau, however, the company has indicated that it will withdraw services by mid-2018. Charter airlines such as Smile Airlines from China also fly charter routes into Palau for tourists.

Asia Pacific Airlines (APA) also fly into Palau on freight charter services using 767-200 and 737-200, but do not provide a regular schedule.  

 

Cargo Handling

United Airlines provides the main freight air services out of Palau to Guam. Cargo is then transhipped in Guam to other international carriers. United has its own ground handling services for its flights.

Belau Transfer and Terminal services (BTTC) provides ground handling services for all other airlines.

Passenger Services:

  • Aircraft Receipt & Dispatch
  • Missing Luggage Assistance
  • Crew Transport Arrangement
  • Load Control Facilitation
  • Passenger Check-In
  • VIP Handling
  • Special Needs Passenger Assistance
  • Boarding Gate Passenger Reconciliation
  • Charter Service Facilitation
  • Departure Control
  • Passport Control

Ramp Services:

  • Cabin Cleaning
  • Aircraft Marshalling
  • Lavatory Servicing
  • Cargo Handling
  • Baggage and Cargo Loading & Unloading
  • Aircraft Pushback & Towing
  • Aircraft Receipt & Dispatch
  • Food & Beverages Catering (if requested)

CTSI – Handles Air Pacific Asia Japan Airlines

Fuel

Blue Bay refueling services provide all Jet A1 refueling services at the airport. Supplies of Avgas must be arranged privately.

For more information on airport contacts, please see the following link: 4.5 Airport Companies Contact List 

Information on some aviation service providers can be found at: http://www.azfreight.com/

Passenger and Cargo Performance Indicator

The airport currently handles 200,000 passengers per year. The old terminal is currently used as the freight and customs terminal, adjacent to the passenger terminal. Extensions to the passenger terminal are due to commence in 2018, to improve passenger flow and capacity. These extensions will cover the area of the cargo terminal. The cargo terminal will be relocated to the western side of the passenger terminal.

 

  Performance for 2017  
 Per Year

Per Month 

Per Day

Total Aircraft Movements

1440 

120

Total Passengers  

200,000 inbound and outbound

  

Total Capacity of the Airport (mt)

  

10-50 

Current Activity of the Airport (mt) 

   

Current use by Humanitarian Flights
(UNHAS)

None

 
  

 

The airport handles a small amount of incoming cargo through the scheduled United Airlines flight service. UA also has the contract to provide postal services to Palau. The predominant cargo movement (by weight) is that of fresh fish exports, which are sent via UA to different destinations and are hubbed in Guam. Fresh fish makes up approximately 4 mt per day, shipped in 120 kg boxes.

Charter flights via APA are available, with export orders over 20 mt.

The airport ground handlers maintain a range of handling equipment from HiLo platforms to 5-7 mt forklifts. HiLo handling equipment is in a fair condition, but forklifts and loading conveyor ramps are well maintained.

Runways

Runway condition is excellent with resurfacing having been undertaken in 2008.

Runway # 9 

Runway Dimensions 

2195m X 60m 

Orientation

090 magnetic, 091 true 

Surface 

Asphalt/Concrete

Runway #27 

Runway Dimensions 

2195m X 60m 

Orientation

270 magnetic, 271 true

Surface

Ashphalt/Concrete 

Helicopter Pad(s)

There are no dedicated helicopter pads at the airport. Helicopters services (Palau helicopters) use the main apron and hard stand for flight operations.

Airport Infrastructure Details

The airport operates under US FAA standards and as such operates at an international standard. The airport has two aprons; the main apron has 3 hard stands and 3 air bridges. The north, or secondary apron is currently used for charter aircraft parking. Facilities are well maintained and all are operational. Ground handling equipment is operated by United Airlines and BTTC, and are in fair to good condition.

 

Customs

Yes

JET A-1 fuel

Yes, available through Blue Bay Petroleum 

Immigration

Yes

AVGAS 100

Not publicly available. Aircraft operators
have their own supply. 

Terminal Building

Yes

Single Point Refuelling

Yes, 3 points, one on each hard stand 

Passenger Terminal

Yes

Air Starter Units

Yes 

Cargo terminal

Yes

Ground Power (mobile)

Yes 

Pax Transport to Airfield

Airbridge

Ground Handling Services 

Yes 

Control Tower

ARFF tower

Latrine Servicing

Yes

Weather Facilities

Yes

Fire Fighting Category (ICAO) 

ARFF

Catering Services

Yes, upon request

De-icing Equipment

N/A 

Base Operating Room 

Yes

Parking Ramp Lighting

Yes 

Airport Radar 

No

Approach & Runway Lights

Yes 

NDB 

 

VOR

 

ILS

   




Airport Operating Details

Operating Details

Maximum Sized Aircraft that can be Offloaded on Bulk Cargo

C130/737 200 

Maximum Sized Aircraft that can be Offloaded on Pallet 

C17/C130 

Total Aircraft Parking Area (m²)

25,000 m2  
256 x 100m 4 hard stands North Apron 

Storage Area (m3 and mt)

 
 

Handling Equipment 

Elevators / Hi Loaders

Yes 

 

Max Capacity (mt) 

4mt

Max Height (m) 

5m (estimate) 

Loading Ramps 

Yes 

Other Comments 

Forklifts - 4: 3mt to 7 mt

Customs Guidance

The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection has an office located at the cargo terminal, and handles customs clearance for all passenger flights and clearance for all incoming cargo. As long as all documentation is provided, cargo clearance is completed in a matter of hours and can be facilitated on-site if the consignee is present in the office. Opening hours are 8.00-4.30pm daily.

For more information on customs in Palau, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information 

Storage Facilities

Currently, the only storage facilities available are at the old terminal building where Belau Transfer and Terminal Services are based. United Airlines maintain a small storage facility for incoming freight.

 

  

United Airlines storage                                                                                                                         Belau Transit and Terminal Co Offices and storage

Airfield Costs

NAVIGATION CHARGES

Navigation charges are moderate, with basic charges covering requirements.

Charges 

 

0 – 13000

Class A

13000 above

Calls B 

Navigation (per journey) USD - $

N/A

N/A

Landing USD - $

$1.20/400kg

$250

Night Landing USD - $

N/A 

N/A 

Night Take-Off USD - $

N/A  

N/A

Parking

$0.35/400kg 

$1.75 for each use

Handling Charges/Apron/Gate

$0.25/400kg 

$250

FUEL SERVICES CHARGES

Blue Bay Petroleum provides all Jet A1 fuel at the airport. Avgas supplies, however, must be arranged and provided privately. Fuel brokers are commonly used for the provision and charges for fuel.

 

Price per Litre USD - $ 

Jet A-1 

$ 0.92

Avgas

N/A

Fuel brokers can also be used to facilitate supply and payment for fuel.

https://www.wfscorp.com/en

CARGO TERMINAL CHARGES

United Airlines handle the bulk of incoming cargo due to their regular service, however rates can only be provided on a case by case basis.

Import Charges   

Type of Charge 

Rate USD - $ per kg

Comments

Handling Charge

$1.00Kg indicative rate only

Consignment-dependent: 

$3 per consignment for customs clearance. 

Break Bulk Fee

N/A

 

Diplomatic Mail

N/A

 

Strong Room – per consignment

N/A

 

Cold Storage Fee

Unknown

 

Delivery Outside Normal Working Hours

N/A

 

Preparation of substitute AOA –
Invoice – Receipt

Unknown

 

Storage per Day

N/A

 

Export 

Handling Charges – Unpalletised Cargo

N/A

Handling charges for export are consignment-dependent for all goods.

International Air Waybill

  

Local Air Waybill

  

Air Way Bill Amendment - Cancellation

  

Air Way Bill Documentation 

  

Diplomatic Mail

  

Storage Charges per Day 

  

AIRBRIDGE CHARGES

Airbridge charges are $200 per use.

Security

The airport perimeter is fully fenced and entry to the apron area is through a security gate between the passenger and cargo terminal. Photo ID must be shown to enter and access is for authorised personnel only.