Jokowi attends ceremony to break ground on Yogyakarta’s new airport
The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Friday morning left the capital for Yogyakarta to attend a ceremony to break ground on the construction of the province’s new airport, which will be built in Kulon Progo regency.
The State Palace said the President was being accompanied by First Lady Iriana and a number of high-ranking officials, including Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan and State Secretary Pratikno, during his visit to Yogyakarta.
(Read also: Govt to speed up new Yogyakarta airport)
State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I previously said it would need over Rp 9 trillion (US$673 million) for the development of infrastructure and the acquisition of land for the airport.
The company hopes to complete the development of the new airport by 2020. It will be connected to the city center via a toll road and railway. The airport is expected to accommodate 50 million passengers annually. It will replace Adisutjipto International Airport, which serves 3.5 million passengers a year, exceeding its stated capacity of 1.5 million passengers annually. (hwa)
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