East Timor Airport (DIL)
Flights from New Zealand to East Timor will disembark at Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport.
Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport (DIL), formerly known as Comoro International Airport, is located in East Timor's capital of Dili. The airport was renamed after Nicolau dos Reis Lobato, an East Timorese politician and national hero.
Airlines that fly to East Timor
Qantas offers cheap flights to East Timor from New Zealand include:
For more information on East Timor holidays check out our East Timor travel guide.
For all of East Timor's turbulent past – between Portuguese and Indonesian occupation – and its poverty, the people remain genuinely welcoming. Set in the Timor Sea, northwest of Darwin, East Timor has some superb countryside, beautiful beaches and some of the best diving in the world.
Dili Rock is 10 minutes west of the capital, Dili, and is one of East Timor's most dived sites. Here you can see several varieties of fish, including Leaf Scorpions, Anglers and Ghost Pipes. Further offshore is Atauro Island, offering pristine snorkelling and diving for all skill levels, with an abundance of coral and marine life.
Brush up on your Tetum, Portuguese or Indonesian before visiting as these are widely spoken. The island has a tropical climate so before you grab a flight to East Timor, remember the wet season is November to May. To make the most of the sunny days in the dry season, you might appreciate the locally-grown coffee – it tastes fabulous!