Tobacco flowers are seen in the foreground with tobacco plants in the background, in Manisrenggo village, Klaten regency, Central Java. (JP/Aditya Sagita)
State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) together with Central Java Provincial Administration recently signed an MoU agreement to develop Panglima Jenderal Soedirman Airport in Wirasaba Village, Bukateja District, Purbalingga Regency to become a commercial airport.
The signing was conducted at the Airport Hotel, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Tangerang.
“The groundbreaking is slated for mid-December this year and we are expecting [the development] to be completed by December 2018,” said Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo.
The airport will provide easy access for not only the residents of Purbalingga to travel to other cities but people who live in regencies close to the area as well such as Banyumas, Banjarnegara, Wonosobo, Temanggung and Kebumen regencies.
“Several regencies in the pantura (northern coastal region) area will reap the benefit too like Pekalongan, Pemalang,Tegal and Brebes. The tourism sector is definitely going to flourish and the economy will improve,” added Ganjar.
AP II president director Muhammad Awaluddin said that the company is going to provide a total budget of 320 billion rupiahs for the airport development.
The development includes runway expansion from the previous 850 m x 50 m to 2,000 m x 45 m and construction of 2,000 meter-square airport terminal that can accommodate Bombardier and Boeing 737 airplanes and serve 200,000 passengers annually. (asw)