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Jakarta Post

Komodo to become international airport by June as Singapore’s Changi, Cardig prep facelift

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 7, 2020   /  05:03 pm
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Komodo Airport is located on Flores Island and is considered the gateway to the highly popular Komodo National Park, which is on the neighboring island of Komodo.(JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, the main entryway to one of Indonesia’s tourism hotspots, will become an international airport in June, earlier than the government’s initial plan for 2021. “We agreed to make it [an international airport] faster. Hopefully, the investors can be serious in developing the airport,” said Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi on Friday on the sidelines of the signing of an agreement between Komodo Airport’s developers. PT Cinta Airport Flores (CAF), a business consortium 80 percent owned by publicly listed local aviation services company Cardig Aero Services and 20 percent owned by Singapore’s Changi Airports International, will be responsible for the development of Komodo Airport. The Cardig-Changi business consortium has allocated Rp 1.2 trillion (US$88 million) to develop Komodo Airport. B...