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After Oecusse Airport, Wika eyes more in Timor Leste

  • Riska Rahman

    The Jakarta Post

Pante Macassar, Oecusse, Timor Leste   /   Fri, June 21 2019   /  02:34 am

Passengers of a Citilink Indonesia flight from Jakarta stared in amazement as two red firetrucks showered their aircraft with a water cannon salute, welcoming the first international flight to ever land at Oecusse in Timor Leste.As the passengers headed to the exit, hundreds of Timorese gathered at the seaside airport to witness a historic event for their country: Timor Leste President Francisco Gutteres’ inauguration of Oecusse Rota do Sandalo International Airport, located in the remote coastal enclave of the Oecusse Special Administrative Region, which is surrounded by Indonesian West Timor.Formerly known as Palaban Airport, the once-small airstrip has been transformed into a modern and sleek-looking airport by an Indonesian state-owned construction firm, PT Wijaya Karya (Wika).Wika president director Tumiyana said on Tuesday that it took the company about two years to complete the ...