The Jakarta Post
The government expects a new international airport in Yogyakarta, once completed, will improve the satisfaction of travelers flying to and from the region, a popular destination for both domestic and international tourists.
The new airport, which is being built in Kulon Progo regency, is expected to accommodate 50 million passengers annually. It will replace Adisutjipto International Airport, which currently serves a number of travelers far beyond its designated capacity.
“The previous airport’s capacity can no longer contain the passenger traffic and the aircraft movement. There is also a limit to the area expansion [for the airport],” Budi said on Friday during a ceremony to break ground on the new airport, which was also attended by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
Budi mentioned that last year alone, passenger traffic at Adisutjipto reached 7.2 million people, while the airport’s terminals were only built to handle 2.1 million passengers. The apron could also only cater to nine aircraft.
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In the first phase, state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I will build a 3,250 meter x 60 meter runway in the location. In the second phase, the length of the runway will be extended by 350 meters.
The construction of the first phase is targeted to be finished by March 2019.
“The new airport will also serve long-haul flights, with the furthest to Jeddah,” Budi said.
Land procurement for the airport, meanwhile, has reached 91 percent, the ministry reported. (hwa)