Nine new non-commercial airports in the eastern part of Indonesia will be inaugurated this year. According to a report in The Jakarta Post, the airports will boost domestic connectivity to eastern parts of the country that can only be reached by boats. In turn, this will also spur economic growth in the region.
The nine airports are Bawean Airport in Gresik, East Java; Bone Airport in South Sulawesi; Sumarorong Airport in Mamasa, West Sulawesi; Saumlaki Baru, Tual Baru and Kuffar airports in Maluku; Marinda Airport in West Papua; and Kamanap and Waghete Baru airports in Papua.
“The inauguration ceremony will be concentrated in Tual Baru and we are hoping to inaugurate these airports before the Sail Raja Ampat event commences,” said Herry Bakti Gumay, the transportation ministry’s director general in charge of air transportation.
The government of Indonesia has spent $224m for the construction of 24 new non-commercial airports since 2007, but the total budget to build and develop airports this year will reach $492m.
Three of the airports - Muara Bungo in Jambi, Pekon Serai in Lampung and Pagar Alam in South Sumatra - have already been inaugurated. The construction of another 12 non commercial airports is slated to be completed in 2015.(neurope)