Indonesia to build 14 new airports
Published on Aug 19, 2010
Smaller airports to boost domestic travel...
Indonesia’s government has invited private companies to invest in the construction of 14 new airports across the country. According to local media reports, the country’s President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, told the House of Representatives this week that the government has earmarked IDR198 billion (US$22 million) from the 2011 budget for the construction of 14 new airports, and the reconstruction of 18 existing hubs.
Indonesia’s Minister of Transportation, Freddy Numberi, added yesterday that “if the private sector wants to join, just go ahead.” According to a Jakarta Post report, Numberi said that the new developments would include a second airport in Bali and a hub for West Nusa Tenggara. “In West Nusa Tenggara it is still in process. In Bali we will build another one as the Ngurah Rai airport has already been in over capacity,” the minister was quoted saying by tempointeraktif.com. This appeared to conflict with another statement issued by the Ministry of Transportation, however, which listed the 14 new airport sites, without mentioning Bali. The new locations were named as Eastern Seram (Maluku), Bone (Sulawesi), Enggano (Bengkulu), Muara Bungo (Jambi), Muara Teweh (Central Kalimantan), Morowali (Central Sulawesi), Saumlaki Baru (Maluku), Sinak Baru (West Papua), Tojo Una-Una (Central Sulawesi), Tual Baru (Maluku), Wagete Baru (West Papua), Waisai Raja Ampat (West Papua), Nam Niwel and Sumarorong (West Sulawesi). The airports will mostly cater for small aircraft to boost domestic air traffic across thearchipelago.