The Jakarta Post
To help the underperforming Kartajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java, stakeholders, including the management of Husein Sastranegara Airport in Bandung, gathered on Tuesday in Jakarta at a meeting organized by the Transportation Ministry.
During the meeting, which was also attended by representatives of state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II), all parties agreed that nearly all flights from Bandung to airports outside Java would be relocated to Kertajati Airport from Husein Sastranegara Airport.
PT Bandarudara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB), the developer of the airport, the major shares of which are owned by the West Java provincial government, welcomed the agreement and thanked Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi for his commitment to help Kertajati Airport.
“We appreciate and thank the transportation minister, who has strong a commitment to make Kertajati Airport busier,” said BIJB director Muhammad Singgih in a press statement on Wednesday.
Since Kertajati International Airport opened last year, only a few airlines have been interested in operating from the airport, preferring Husein Sastranegara Airport in Bandung, which is closer to the inner city.
Singggih assured that Kertajati Airport was ready to serve all airlines that wanted to operate from the airport. “The plan could be implemented before Idul Fitri,” he said referring to the Islamic holiday that will fall in early June.
Singgih said during the Tuesday meeting it was agreed that Husein Sastranegara Airport would serve flights from Bandung to all airports in Java and Lampung in Sumatra as well as the international flights to Malaysia and Singapore.
Husein Sastranegara Airport serves 80 flights every day, while Kertajati Airport serves one route from the 11 initially planned. The occupancy rate on each flight is reportedly below 30 percent.
Singgih said the main route to the airport from Bandung was the Cikampek-Palimanan toll road that took two-and-a-half hours, while the Cileunyi-Sumedang-Dawuan toll road, which will become the main route to the airport, was still under construction. (bbn)