In the past, Cililitan extended from Ciliwung river in the west, to Cipinang river in the east. The south borders Kampung Makasar and Condet. The north borders Cawang. The west is currently Jl. Dewi Sartika, limited to the intersection on Jl. Kalibata, usually called Cililitan Kecil, whereas the east is Jl. Raya Bogor, known as Cililitan Besar. Today, Cililitan is the name of a village, Cililitan Village, Kramatjati Sub-district, East Jakarta Municipality.  

The name Cililitan derives from the name of one of the Cipinang tributaries. Today, this tributary no longer exists. The word ci is Sundanese meaning “river water”. Lilitan, from its complete name lilitan-kutu, is a type of shrub by the scientific name Pipturus velutinus Wedd., part of the Urticeae family. In the mid 17th Century, Cililitan was part of Tandjoeng Oost’s private land, when it was still owned by Pieter van der Velde. Then, it became the Halim Perdanakusumah Airport. This airport is usually called the Cililitan Airport (vliegeld, by the Dutch people).