The Jakarta Post
The Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman International Airport in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan saw a 40 percent drop in passengers this Idul Fitri holiday as travelers choose to depart from the newly developed Aji Pangeran Tumenggung Pranoto in Samarinda.
Transportation Ministry air transportation director general Polana B Pramesti confirmed the shift on Friday.
“It’s because the Samarinda airport is closer,” she said as quoted by tempo.co.
According to state-owned air transportation navigation service AirNav, 15 percent of the flights at Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman International Airport has moved to Samarinda.
The Aji Pangeran Tumenggung Pranoto Airport was completed in October 2018 and has attracted passengers from four cities in East Kalimantan, namely Sangata, Samarinda, Bontang and Kutai Kartanenegara.
It currently serves 20 fights to various destinations and this Idul Fitri, served some 4,500 travelers, up from about 3,500 on regular days, said Dodi Dharma, head of Aji Pangeran Tumenggung Pranoto Airport management.
Airlines serving the airport are Garuda Indonesia, Batik Air, Lion Air, Citilink, Nam Air, Wings Air, Susi Air and Xpress Air, with flights to Jakarta, Surabaya in East Java, Yogyakarta, Makassar in South Sulawesi and Denpasar in Bali, as well as to other cities in Kalimantan like Berau, Melak, Tanjung Selor, Banjarmasin and Tarakan. (bbn)