The Jakarta Post
The government is preparing 40 hectares for an international airport in Sabang regency, Aceh to boost tourism.
“We have prepared 40 hectares in three locations,” said Sabang Mayor Nazaruddin in Sabang on Tuesday as quoted by Antara.
Nazaruddin said he had discussed the three locations with officials at the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister.
“We hope the central government will develop an international airport in Sabang to support the tourist industry on the westernmost island of the country,” he said.
The Tourism Ministry’s undersecretary for regional development, Lokot Ahmad Enda, said in Banda Aceh said a new international airport, although the island already had Maimun Saleh Airport.
“By having an international airport, Sabang will be visited by global airlines that will transport large numbers of tourists,” he added.
Tourist spots on the island include Weh Island Monument, the Zero Kilometer Monument as well as Iboh and Sumur Tiga beaches. (bbn)