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Jakarta Post

Peoples’ right to ease of travel

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, July 22 2019   /  01:29 am

Although not specifically stipulated in the 1945 Constitution, Indonesians have the right to travel anywhere across the country, and the government should protect that right. It is thus relieving to see the authorities’ commitment to improving connectivity and making it possible for travelers to reach any place in the country.Air travel, despite its considerably higher costs, has the benefit of having much shorter travel times than land and sea transportation services. The government’s decision to develop new airports and expand the capacity of existing ones deserves praise as it ensures not only ease but also speed for travelers.As the Special Report in today’s paper reveals, in response to the skyrocketing number of air passengers in the past few years, the government has been developing 15 new airports under the 2015-2019 national medium-term development program (RPJMN) and will...