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NTB eager to have Lombok airport up and running

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 22 2011   /  09:59 am

The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) provincial administration is optimistic that the Lombok International Airport (BIL), located 40 kilometers southeast of Mataram, will be in operation by Oct. 1.

“We are on schedule, and by Oct. 1, BIL will start operating. Once complete, BIL will be the only international airport built without using funds from the state budget,” NTB Transportation Office head Ridwansyah said in Mataram on Thursday.

Vice President Boediono visited the project site during his tour of the province on July 11.

The airport project, worth Rp 945.8 billion (US$111.2 million), is financed by state-run airport management firm PT Angkasa Pura I (Rp 679 billion), the NTB provincial administration (Rp 110 billion) and the Central Lombok regency administration (Rp 40 billion).

Ridwansyah said the airport’s physical construction had reached the final stage...