Yogyakarta’s Adisutjipto airport will be relocated
due to the skyrocketing number of passengers every year.
“We are studying two options — Gadingsari, Sanden in Bantul regency and Temon in Kuloprogo regency.
[The relocation] is urgent and we’ll make sure we find the new place
this year,” House of Representatives’ infrastructure commission lawmaker
Gandung Pardiman said in Bantul, Yogyakarta, on Saturday.
Gandung said that the relocation was necessary because it was almost impossible
to expand the airport, which accommodates civil and military flights.
“The airport is surrounded by densely populated residential areas. That would
make expanding the airport difficult,” Gandung said.
He said that the number of passengers at the airport would increase by 10
percent every year. The airport received 3,488,500 domestic passengers and
206,500 foreign passengers in 2010.
Gandung said that many investors had expressed interest in investing in
the new airport.
Bantul secretary Riyantono welcomed the plan, saying that Bantul had the
capacity to accommodate the new airport.
“However, we are still waiting for the results of the study to determine
whether or not Bantul is a feasible location for the new airport,” Riyantono