The Jakarta Post
I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, is among airports managed by PT Angkasa Pura I. (Shutterstock/File)
State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I), which manages 13 airports in central and eastern Indonesia, has provided an update on the development of airports within the aforementioned parts of the archipelago.
Ahmad Yani International Airport in Semarang, Central Java, for instance, will operate its new terminal in May. It aims to provide a solution to the lack of capacity over the last several years. “We hope that this will be done before mudik [exodus],” said Devy Suradji, marketing and services director of AP I, during the Airports-Airlines Gathering 2018 event on Wednesday at Borobudur hotel, Central Jakarta.
AP I will also build a new Yogyakarta airport in Kulonprogo, which is expected to operate in 2019. “It doesn’t mean we’ll be closing [airports] in Solo [Surakarta] and Yogyakarta,” said Devy, adding that they will enhance the airports because they cannot rely only on Kulonprogo.
Devy Suradji, the marketing and services director of Angkasa Pura (AP) I, gives a speech during the Airports-Airlines Gathering 2018 event on Feb. 21 at Borobudur hotel, Central Jakarta. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)
Similarly, the new Terminal 3 at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, will also operate in 2019. Devy also said people also should expect changes at Terminal 1.
In addition, AP I is planning developments, including new facilities, at Ngurah Rai International Airport. The parking area, which currently has 754 parking spaces, will expand to 1,751 spaces in October. Meanwhile, there will be additional check-in counters in the international flight terminal, an increase from 96 to 136 counters in October.
AP I director Faik Fahmi said the majority of the 13 airports lacked capacity. “This year we can transport 89 million of passengers, but we’re certain if the capacity problem can be solved, the traffic growth will improve,” said Faik.
“This year we will plan to invest around 18.8 trillion for infrastructure development,” Faik said, adding that it will be allocated to nine airports out of 13, including in Kulonprogo in Yogyakarta, Semarang, Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan and Bali. "In Bali, we've been asked to add more aprons to prepare for the IMF [International Monetary Fund] and our target is for them to be ready in June." (wen)