An international airport, currently under construction in Central Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara, is scheduled to be in operation in the coming months, an official said Tuesday.
Local provincial administration spokesman Ahmad Baharuddin, said that a soft opening for the airport was originally scheduled for this month, but was delayed due to the lack of supporting facilities, especially road access from the capital to the airport.
“State owned PT Angkasa Pura I, which is in charge of managing the airport facility, was not ready for the soft opening,” Baharuddin said in Mataram, as quoted by Antara state news agency.
The soft opening will possibly be delayed until June or July, he said, adding the delay was mainly caused by the fact the local administration still required funds to finance land clearance to enable the construction of a bypass leading to the airport.
The Rp 110 billion (US$11.80 million) airport project is designed to have a 1,750-meter runway and various facilities, including two aprons of 62,072 square meters, Baharuddin said.