The Jakarta Post
State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno says state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I will move the entire operation of the old Ahmad Yani International Airport to the new one. (kompas.com/Nazar Nurdin)
The new terminal at Ahmad Yani International Airport in Semarang, Central Java, will start operating on June 8 and is ready to serve homebound travelers during the holiday season, says State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno.
On Friday, Rini said state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I would move the entire operation of the old terminal to the new one.
“After the new terminal is operational, the old terminal will be closed. Operating two terminals will be difficult because the airport will have to divide the employees and security into two and it is impossible,” said Rini, adding that the new airport would serve its first flight on June 6.
With a Rp 2.2 trillion (US$159 million) investment for the airport’s development, the new terminal boasts an eco-green concept that can accommodate 6.9 million passengers every year or 19,000 people per day. The capacity is bigger than the previous terminal, which accommodated 800,000 passengers per year or about 2,200 passengers per day.
The new airport is 58,652 square meters or almost nine times larger than the old airport, which was only 6,708 sqm. Meanwhile, the size of the new apron is 72,522 sqm that can accommodate 12 narrow-bodied planes, larger than the previous one that was 29,032 sqm.
"We have met the minimum requirements for the airport’s operation based on verification from the directorate of air transportation of the Transportation Ministry, " said Angkasa Pura I president director Faik Fahmi.
The airport will serve at least 120 flights every day.
During the Idul Fitri holiday this year, 13 extra flights to Pangkalan Bun, Jakarta, Balikpapan, Denpasar and Surabaya will be flown by Nam Air, Sriwijaya Air, Trigana Air, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Wings Air and Batik Air.
The homebound exodus peak this year at the airport is expected to be on June 8 and 9. During the holiday season, the number of aircraft, passengers and cargo are expected to rise by eight percent from last year. (riz/kes)