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Jakarta Post

Tangerang rejects Soekarno-Hatta airport expansion plan

  • Multa Fidrus

    The Jakarta Post

Tangerang, Banten   /   Thu, August 4 2011   /  07:00 am

Tangerang Municipal Government rejected a plan by the operator of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, PT Angkasa Pura II, proposing instead that the airport operator construct another airport somewhere else.

“Angkasa Pura II should just build a new airport in a new location, instead of expanding it, which is already over capacity now,” Tangerang deputy mayor Arief R. Wismansyah told reporters on Wednesday.

He said Angkasa Pura’s expansion plan would not be a lasting solution, as passengers would continue to flock and it would again be insufficient in a few more years.

Arief said that, despite expanding, such a situation would be even more chaotic.

Instead of spending Rp 11.7 trillion (US$1.38 billion) to expand, Angkasa Pura should invest in constructing a new airport in Tangerang, which has an abundant supply of unused land, Arief said.