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Soekarno-Hatta airport expansion kicks off

  • Nurfika Osman

    The Jakarta Post

Cengkareng   /   Fri, August 3 2012   /  11:28 am

The expansion of Indonesia’s first international airport — named after the nation’s founding fathers Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta — was launched with fanfare on Thursday with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice President Boediono leading the groundbreaking ceremony.

Yudhoyono said that the expansion of the biggest international gateway in Indonesia holds strategic significance as the country prepares for full integration into the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.

“I urge every party in this country to work together because Indonesia should become strong before the ASEAN Economic Community is implemented.”

Rinaldo J. Aziz, the vice president director of state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II (AP II), said the company had hired Paul Andreau, a French architect famous for planning numerous airports worldwide, including Charles de Gaulle Airport i...