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Netizens want West Java airport named after Habibie

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

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Bandung   /   Tue, September 17, 2019   /  08:58 pm
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The presidential aircraft is seen parked at Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java, on May 24, 2018.(Tribun Jabar/Gani Kurniawan)

Local internet users are petitioning President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil to change the name of Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java, to BJ Habibie Airport, after the former president who passed away on Sept. 11. The petition, which started circulating online on Change.org on Monday, had already gained the support of 655 people as of the time of writing. It was started by an internet user named Ihsan Joe. “He deserves to have his name commemorated in the West Java airport, since he was the one who established the Indonesian aircraft manufacturer in Bandung, West Java,” Ihsan said.  Habibie, who obtained a doctorate in aerospace engineering from Germany's RWTH Aachen University, served as the state-owned aircraft manufacturer's first chief executive from 1976 to 1985, when it was call...