Private airport in Bintan to operate in 2015
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
A private airport to facilitate domestic and foreign tourists visit Lagoi, Bintan, will operate by the end of 2015.
'We have obtained approval from the government to develop an airport for foreign tourists from Asia because currently, they depend too much on flight schedules provided by Singapore-based travel companies,' said Edi Marta, logistic manager of PT Bintan Resort Cakrawala, on Friday, as quoted by Antara news agency.
The airport would be developed on 400 hectares of land in Busung, Lagoi, Bintan Utara district, Bintan regency.
Construction began in the middle of last year for the 2,500-meters-long and 45-meters-wide runway that, when operational, can accommodate Boeing 737 and Airbus 320-type aircraft.
'Once the special airport operates, foreign tourists from China, India, Japan and Korea can fly directly to Bintan. They don't need to transit in Singapore anymore,' said Edi, adding that the special airport would also accommodate domestic tourists from five domestic cities; Bali, Jakarta, Medan, Makassar and Surabaya. (nai/ebf)
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