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Indonesia's first private airport to open up in 2018

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, March 16, 2017 | 08:49 am
Indonesia's first private airport to open up in 2018

PT Bintan Aviation Investments managing director Michael BK Budy said the airport would be constructed without using state fundsĀ and would be supervised by the ministry. (Shutterstock/File)

Indonesia's first private airport is set to open up on Bintan Island in Riau Islands province by the end of 2018 following approval from the Transportation Ministry last year.

The airport will be located inside the Bintan Resorts area, close to Bintan's Raja Haji Fisabilillah International Airport and the Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam. It is said that the airport will be used primarily to support tourism in the area.

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PT Bintan Aviation Investments managing director Michael BK Budy said the airport would be constructed without using state funds and would be supervised by the ministry.

According to kompas.comthe initial investment for the airport is between US$100 and $150 million.

“We have so far completed 85 percent [of the construction] for a 3-kilometer long [runway],” said Michael.

The airport is expected to serve 1 million passengers and feature a Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul center for both domestic and foreign airlines. (mas/kes)

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