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Samarinda international airport reopens following repair to damaged runway

  • N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

Balikpapan, East Kalimantan   /   Mon, June 24, 2019   /   01:36 pm
Samarinda international airport reopens following repair to damaged runway Airplane passengers prepare for their flights from Aji Pangeran Tumenggung Pranoto International Airport in Samarinda, East Kalimantan on June 7. (tempo.co/Francisca Christy Rosana)

APT Pranoto International Airport in Samarinda, East Kalimantan has resumed operations after it closed earlier than usual on Saturday due to a damaged runway.

“As of Sunday, the airport has resumed normal operations,” said airport head Doddy Dharma Cahyadi on Sunday. 

On Saturday, the airport closed two hours earlier than usual at 5 p.m., which caused major flight delays. Nine flights to and from Samarinda were transferred to neighboring Balikpapan in East Kalimantan, while other flights were delayed until the following day.

“As the airport operator, we apologize for the inconveniences that the early closure has caused. The decision was based on our consideration for our customers’ safety,” Doddy said.

The airport’s team of technicians would continue checking the condition of the runway, he added.

APT Pranoto Samarinda International Airport, which was opened by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in October last year, has yet to install runway edge lights. The lack of lighting along the runway is the reason why the airport normally closes at 7 p.m.

Although the airport itself was not affected by the flood that hit Samarinda last week, the roads to the airport remained flooded. (rfa)