AP II to operate nine other airports

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Angkasa Pura II would operate nine other airports in addition to the 13, which are already being operated currently in Western Indonesia area.

Angkasa Pura (AP) II head, Awaluddin, said in Jakarta on Thursday that those nine airports include Public Service Airport, which is managed by Transport Ministry, Air Force, Municipal Enterprises, and private companies.

"The government has planned to give the operational rights of several airports to AP I and AP II. There are six airports which are ready to be managed by AP II," he noted.

The six airports include Radin Inten II Lampung, H. AS Hanandjoedin Tanjung Pnadang-Belitung, Fatmawati Soekarno Bengkulu, Maimun Sabang Aceh, Blimbingsari Banyuwangi, and Dr Ferdinand Lumban Tobing-Sibolga.

"Hanandjoedin Airport in Bengkulu has high tourist potential. Last week, I was invited by Economic Ministry and there was a meeting with Belitung municipal government and investors. It said it could be moved to AP IIs authority," he remarked.

He stated that his party has already invested IDR 300 billion to expand the airport area since it became an international airport.

Other than that, he was also interested in managing Blimbingsari Airport in Banyuwangi, which is supposed to be part of AP Is operation.

I said that the airport was not standalone, and AP I would also take the same area of AP II," he revealed.

Meanwhile, Awaluddin stated that there are three other airports, namely Kertajati, which is right now being managed by West Javas Municipal Enterprise; Wirasaba Airport Purbalingga, which is managed by Air Force; and Bintan Airport, which is right now managed by a private company, Bintan Aviation Investments.

The airport's operational management changes are according to the rules by Minister of Finance number 136/2016 regarding Public Services Assets.

Awaluddin also targeted that by the end of 2017, the number of passengers could reach 100 million people.

As of 15 June 2017, Supadio Airports new terminal in Pontianak has also started operating. He added.(*)