The Jakarta Post
In this May. 24, 2015 picture, two Indonesian folk dancers are seen performing on Merah Beach in Banyuwangi regency, East Java. (Shutterstock.com/Yavuz Sariyildiz)
Blimbingsari Airport in Banyuwangi, East Java, is set to be Indonesia's first airport to adopt a green construction approach.
The airport was built using Rp 40 billion (US$3 million) from the regional budget (APBD), and will be fully operated before Idul Fitri to serve direct flights from Jakarta and Surabaya.
Occupying 4 hectares of land, Blimbingsari Airport features a 2,250-meter runway, 1,800 meters of which has a thickness of 27 PCN (Pavement Classification Number). To meet the standards of Boeing aircraft, PCN must be 40.
Architecture firm Andramatin designed the airport to resemble a traditional house from East Java’s Osing tribe, with an open-air concept that reduces dependency on air conditioners.
The facility currently offers three flights daily covering the Banyuwangi-Surabaya route. It has seen a 1,308 percent increase in travellers over the past five years, serving more than 102,000 passengers by November 2016. (kes)