Merdeka.com – Jokowi-JK Government continues to pursue the development of Kertajati Airport in Majalengka regency, West Java. PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) and West Java International Airport (BIJB) have signed a memorandum of understanding or agreement on the operation and investment of the airport.
In fact, President Joko Widodo has visited the development of Kertajati Airport two times during his reign. Jokowi instructed to accelerate the completion of Kertajati airport. As a former intrepreneur and entrepreneur, the business vision of the leader of this country is sharp enough and can take advantage of existing business opportunities.
“Initially Kertajati Airport is the concept of its existence into a cross-talk between urban planners, West Java Government and Central Government,” said Director General of Air Transportation Ministry of Transportation Agus Santoso in Jakarta, Wednesday (13/9).
The reason, with a distance of 200 Km from Soekarno Hatta Airport the possibility of Soetta Soekarno Airport users who have been going out and coming through Soekarno Hatta Cengkareng Banten will willingly be willing to divide eastwards to kertajati West Java.
Seeing this, Jokowi thinks practical and then divide the activities of flight for residents in east Jakarta do not need to break through the traffic jam Jakarta if you want to airport. In addition, no need to crowded at Soekarno Hatta Airport during the holiday season.
The main thing that can be utilized is that this airport can accommodate wide-bodied jet aircraft so that the embarkation of Hajj West Java can be accommodated here does not need to be to Halim or Cengkareng.
“Kertajati International Airport runway, taxiway, appron and all air side facilities built by the central government through DIPA Directorate General of Civil Aviation Kemenhub will start operating in the middle of next year.Airport located in Majalengka regency after operation will be able to reduce the density of passenger flow at Soekarno Hatta Airport, Cengkareng which is currently very busy activity, “said Agus.
In order to provide convenience for the pilgrims of West Java province, Agus explained, President Joko Widodo ordered the Ministry of Transportation to extend the runway of Kertajati Airport from 2,500 meters which has been completed in 2017 to 3,000 meters X 60 meters in the next year. With the dimension of the runway, the world’s largest passenger aircraft Airbus A 380 alone will be able to land at Kertajati. This two-story aircraft can accommodate 850 passengers.
“To anticipate the increase of passengers, the Kertajati terminal is designed to be 96 thousand m2 so that it can accommodate up to 10 million people per year, so Kertajati Airport is able to suppress the density of Soekarno Hatta Airport and give ease in Hajj and Umroh for the people of West Java. sense of ‘kadeudeuh’ President Joko Widodo to the people of West Java, “said Agus Santoso.
To be known, Kertajati Airport in the early stages will serve 14 routes, namely 10 domestic routes and 4 international routes in the first phase of its operation. The international route will serve Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
Saudi Arabia is given priority because it can reduce the density of Soekarno Hatta Airport during Haj and Umrah season. In the last year there was an increase of Umrah pilgrims from Indonesia. Data from the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recorded 875,958 Indonesian citizens performing Umrah this year, “meaning there is an increase of 24 percent from last year.Overall, the Government of Saudi Arabia issued 6.75 million umroh visas, up 6 percent from the previous year, “said Agus.
Agus added, in addition to equip inter-modal connectivity then Kertajati Airport will be equipped with airport train line to attract passengers from Jakarta and Bandung. This infrastructure was built for the solution of Jakarta people facing traffic congestion to Cengkareng and Bandung society.
Later this train will take passengers from Gambir Station to Kertajati Airport in less than two hours. Residents in the eastern part of Jakarta can also use this facility because the train will pass Bekasi Timur, Cikarang, Karawang. With the presence of Kertajati Airport and airport train, the effectiveness of public transportation will be fulfilled.
“Kertajati Airport can facilitate akaesabilitas to face the rapidly growing industrialization in the western java region in this path such as Bekasi, Cikarang and Karawang which are the center of attention at national and international level,” said Agus Santoso. [idr]
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