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Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru airport expansion almost complete

  • Rizal Harahap and Yuli Tri Suwarni

    The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru/Bandung   /   Thu, June 9 2011   /  07:00 am

The Sultan Syarif Kasim (SSK) II Airport expansion project in Pekanbaru, Riau, is nearing completion, with a new terminal spanning 17,000 square meters and a more spacious aircraft apron.

Riau Governor Rusli Zainal said the provincial administration, through the state and provincial budgets, had set aside Rp 50 billion (US$5.85 million) to build the new apron, which can accommodate 10 wide-body aircraft, twice the capacity of the old apron. “The new terminal can be in operation by the end of the month,” Zainal said Tuesday.

According to Zainal, the airport expansion is expected to be finished by the end of the year so it can facilitate two sporting events in Riau, the 18th National Games in 2012 and the Islamic Solidarity Games in 2013.

“The new airport is also in line with the planned haj embarkation terminal project. Riau is expected to have its own haj embar...