The Jakarta Post
Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java, is set to serve flights to Medan, Balikpapan, Surabaya, Bali and Makassar in time for the Idul Fitri holiday period. (Kompas.com/Mutia Fauzia)
Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java, is set to launch flight operations in time for the annual Idul Fitri exodus.
PT Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB) president director Virda Dimas Ekaputra said five routes would be served during the holiday period, namely those connecting the airport with Medan, Balikpapan, Surabaya, Bali and Makassar.
“For the exodus flights, [operations] will begin on June 5. This, as well as the five destinations, have been discussed with the Transportation Ministry through the Directorate General of Air Transportation,” Virda said to kompas.com on Tuesday, adding that the flight frequency would be adjusted to passengers’ needs.
“Ticket sales are aimed to start on June 5,” he added.
Prior to serving exodus flights, PT BIJB plans to soft-launch the airport on May 24.
“The simulation will be conducted on May 24 from Husein Sastranegara Airport to Kertajati. According to information received yesterday, the minister [of Transportation] will depart from Halim Perdanakusuma airport and arrive at Kertajati. Since it will be in the month of Ramadhan, there will be a breaking-the-fast event before the return home,” said Virda.
Virda expressed hope the public would use the airport to its maximum capacity.
“I hope the airport will be able to serve 2.7 million passengers [this year], for [regular flights, pilgrimage flights], school holidays and end-of-year trips,” he said. (asw)