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
Republic of Palau
Province or District
Nearest Town or City with Distance from Airport
Airport’s Complete Name
Roman Tmetuchl International Airport
Elevation (ft and m)
Managing Company or Airport Authority
Bureau of Aviation
Management Contact Person
Open From (hours)
6pm (Scheduled operating hours)
Open To (hours)
4am (Scheduled operating hours)
The airport remains open with emergency
- Maintenance Facilities
- Ground Handling Services and (Old Terminal)
- Palau Helicopters
- Hard Stand (South and Main Apron)
- North Apron
- Emergency Services- ARFF services and flight control monitoring
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
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|
Total Aircraft Movements
200,000 inbound and outbound
Total Capacity of the Airport (mt)
Current Activity of the Airport (mt)
Current use by Humanitarian Flights
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.
Runway condition is excellent with resurfacing having been undertaken in 2008.
Runway # 9
2195m X 60m
090 magnetic, 091 true
2195m X 60m
270 magnetic, 271 true
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.
JET A-1 fuel
Yes, available through Blue Bay Petroleum
Not publicly available. Aircraft operators
Single Point Refuelling
Yes, 3 points, one on each hard stand
Air Starter Units
Ground Power (mobile)
Pax Transport to Airfield
Ground Handling Services
Fire Fighting Category (ICAO)
Yes, upon request
Base Operating Room
Parking Ramp Lighting
Approach & Runway Lights
Airport Operating Details
Maximum Sized Aircraft that can be Offloaded on Bulk Cargo
Maximum Sized Aircraft that can be Offloaded on Pallet
Total Aircraft Parking Area (m²)
Storage Area (m3 and mt)
Elevators / Hi Loaders
Max Capacity (mt)
Max Height (m)
Forklifts - 4: 3mt to 7 mt
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
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
Navigation charges are moderate, with basic charges covering requirements.
0 – 13000
Navigation (per journey) USD - $
Landing USD - $
Night Landing USD - $
Night Take-Off USD - $
$1.75 for each use
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 - $
Fuel brokers can also be used to facilitate supply and payment for fuel.
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.
Type of Charge
Rate USD - $ per kg
$1.00Kg indicative rate only
$3 per consignment for customs clearance.
Break Bulk Fee
Strong Room – per consignment
Cold Storage Fee
Delivery Outside Normal Working Hours
Preparation of substitute AOA –
Storage per Day
Handling Charges – Unpalletised Cargo
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
Storage Charges per Day
Airbridge charges are $200 per use.
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.