News - 04 April 2018

West Java int'l airport to open in June, says minister

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has said that the new Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java, will start operating in June, as its development had entered the final phase of construction.

Budi said the government was preparing several facilities to assure the new international airport's operational capacity.

“Currently, we are coordinating with the immigration office, the customs and excise office and others. When [the airport] opens, it must be ready to operate as an international airport,” Budi said in Jakarta on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.

Classed as an international airport, Budi said, Kertajati would be used initially to serve hajj pilgrims from West Java  who usually flew to Mecca through East Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport.

“On that, I have a meeting with all stakeholders to discuss all issues related to the airport opening,” said Budi, adding that he would visit the airport on Wednesday.

Kertajadi International Airport is located some 200 kilometers from Jakarta. Its development cost an estimated Rp 2.1 trillion (US$153.7 million). Combined with its operational costs, total investment in the new airport will be about Rp 2.6 trillion.

Airport developer PT Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB), which is owned by the West Java provincial administration, has relied primarily on Rp 1.8 trillion in capital injection from the West Java administration, civil servants' cooperatives and other funding sources to build the new international airport. (bbn)