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Govt wants single management for Pondok Cabe, Halim airports

  • Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 11, 2016   /  11:44 am
Govt wants single management for Pondok Cabe, Halim airports Construction work is underway on the runway of Pondok Cabe Airport in South Tangerang on Dec. 4, 2015. (Kompas.com/Rd. Ramanda Jahansyahtono)

The government is looking to grant a commercial license to Pondok Cabe Airport in South Tangerang on the condition that it serves as an extension to Halim Perdanakusumah Airport in Halim, East Jakarta.

The Transportation Ministry’s director general for air transportation, Suprasetyo, said the ministry would only allow both airports to operate under a single management.

“[A commercial license] will be given to Pondok Cabe if both go under the same management,” Suprasetyo said Tuesday.

The government said earlier that unified management was needed to synchronize air traffic control between Pondok Cabe and Halim, as the two airports had overlapping airspace. Without a single  operator, coordination of aircraft flying to and from the airports would be more difficult.

Pondok Cabe Airport, some 23 kilometers south of Jakarta, is currently a shared civilian and military airport. State-owned oil company Pertamina uses the airport as the base for its airline subsidiary Pelita Air Service, while the Air Force also uses it.

Pondok Cabe Airport is expected to ease the pressure on congested Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Banten, which handles more than 1,000 flights a day.

Suprasetyo added that the ministry was currently awaiting follow-up measures by the companies involved in the operation of Pondok Cabe, including state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II, PT Airnav Indonesia and Pelita Air Service.

"Unfortunately, we have received no follow-up response either from Angkasa Pura II, nor Airnav or Pelita,” he said. (dmr)

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