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Shifting roles of airports in Indonesia

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 22 2019   /  01:45 am
Blast from the past: A Garuda Indonesia airplane is parked at the now-closed Kemayoran International Airport in Central Jakarta. The airport, which was built in 1934 and inaugurated six years later in July 1940, was the first airport in the country to serve international flights.(Kompas.com)

Blast from the past: A Garuda Indonesia airplane is parked at the now-closed Kemayoran International Airport in Central Jakarta. The airport, which was built in 1934 and inaugurated six years later in July 1940, was the first airport in the country to serve international flights.(Kompas.com)The development of airports in Indonesia began in the early 20th century during the Dutch colonialism era to support its military operation, at the same time the Wright brothers were widely credited for inventing the airplane. At that time, the colonizer was made aware that wars would mainly involve air strikes and began surveying places to build airfields.According to the Indonesian Air Force, Suryadarma Air Base, which is named after Suryadi Suryadarma, the first commander in chief of the Air Force, was the first airport to be built in Indonesia. It was built in May 1914, at the same time the Proef ...