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Jakarta Post

Bandung airport upgraded for wide planes

  • Yuli Tri Suwarni

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Tue, April 5 2011   /  08:00 am

Husein Sastranegara Airport in Bandung, West Java, will receive its first wide-body aircraft on Tuesday despite that its new runway overlay is less than 50 percent complete.

Two Air Asia Airbus 320s serving routes from Singapore to Bandung, and Malaysia to Bandung, will land at the airport Tuesday.

The airport’s state-run airport management company PT Angkasa Pura II’s general manager Eko Diantoro said that the runway overlay currently stretched from Pavement Classification Number (PCN) 37 to PCN 52, which enabled wide-body aircraft with seat capacities of up to 180 to land.

“Starting Tuesday, Airbus A320 jetliners and other large planes can land at the airport after a long wait,” Eko told The Jakarta Post in Bandung on Monday.

The overlaying work on the 2,250-meter-long runway should have been completed in December last year but was delayed.