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New airport opens in C. Kalimantan to support connectivity, food estate

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Vice President Ma'ruf Amin gives a speech during the inauguration of Haji Muhammad Sidik Airport in Central Kalimantan on Tuesday.(Transportation Ministry/-)
Eisya A. Eloksari
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Jakarta   ●   Wed, March 31, 2021

The government has opened Haji Muhammad Sidik Airport in North Barito regency, Central Kalimantan, to support regional trade and travel, as well as the national food estate program.

Vice President Ma’ruf Amin inaugurated the Rp 380 billion (US$26 million) airport on Tuesday. It is able to serve 55,000 passengers annually and is located about 15 kilometers away from the regency’s capital of Muara Teweh, a riverside town.

He said the new airport would support the movement of goods such as coal, gold and palm oil, would increase tourism and would improve domestic connectivity, particularly in relation to the food estate program, part of the 2020-2024 National Strategic Projects list.

“I hope that cooperation with airlines and cargo services can be well established so that quality products from North Barito regency can be distributed to vari...

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