Jokowi Launches Major Airport Expansions

Monday, 26 June 2017 , 09:00:00 WIB - Economy

Airport workers are seen preparing for the NAM Air´s first flight at Blimbingsari Airport, Banyuwangi, East Java, Friday (16/6). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Joko Widodo is expanding national airports in number and capacity. The government intends to build 45 new airports over the next decade.

Up to 24 airports will be built in 2017 and the rest will be built up to 2022, according to Herry Bakti S Gumay, Director general of Air Transportation, Minister of Transportation, said.

The number of commercial planes operating in Indonesia has been increasing in line with growing air passengers, as evident from the numerous memorandum of understandings (MoU) sealed by between airlines with Boeing and Airbus.

For each construction, the government has allocated Rp200 billion. This year, the Ministry of Transportation has received a budget of Rp3 trillion to build airports.

To date, the government is almost finished building the Kertajati Jawa Barat International Airport in West Java, which has a 3,000 meter and 60 meter runway, so it would be able to accept Airbus A380 aircraft. The construction is targeted to be completed this year.

Meanwhile, to connect isolated regions, the government has been building 24 new airports since 2011. The airports are Muara Bungo (Jambi) Airport, Tual Baru (Maluku) Airport, Waisai Raja Ampat Airport (Papua Barat), Enggano Airport (Bengkulu), Sumarorong Tahap II (Mamasa) Airport, Waghete Baru (Papua) Airport, Kamanap Baru (Papua) Airport and Pekonserai (Lampung Barat) Airport.

EXPANDING EXISTING AIRPORT – Aside building new airports, the Ministry of Transportation is expanding existing airports. Some airports belonging to the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) will be developed into also accommodate commercial flights.

The Pangkalan TNI-AU Wiriadinata airport in Tasikmalaya, West Java, is one of such airports that will accommodate commercial flights.

President Joko Widodo has instructed the Ministry of Transportation to extend the runway from 1,200 meters to 1,600 meters.

"The present length is 1,200 meters. I have instructed the Ministry of Transportation to extend the runway to 1,600 meters," Jokowi said, quoted by