Bandung, West Java, (ANTARA News) - West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan, better known as Aher, has expressed optimism that the Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka District will be operational as scheduled in April 2018.

The airport is being constructed by PT Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB), which observed its third anniversary on November 24, 2017.

"On behalf of the government of West Java, I say congratulation to PT Bandara International Jawa Barta on its third anniversary. I hereby hope that the construction of Kertajati Aican rport undertaken by the company can run smoothly so that early next year it can be operational," Governor Aher remarked here on Sunday.

Further, the governor reiterated that he was optimistic the airport can be completed by the end of this year, so that it can be operational by early 2018.

He revealed that the progress of work at the Kertajati Airport project must not be hampered and delayed.

"So far, there has not been any hindrance in the process of construction," the governor said, adding that the first phase of the airport construction will cost around Rp2.6 trillion.

Kertajati Airport was once planned to have only one runway, with a capacity of 5.6 million passengers per year, and was expected to be an alternative for the citizens of West Java and parts of Central Java.

In accordance with the master plan, the airport, which was built in an area of around 1.8 thousand hectares, will be completed with two runways, with a length of 3.5 thousand meters and 3 thousand meters, respectively, to accommodate the wide-bodied Boeing 747 and Boeing 777.

Reported by Ajat Sudrajat

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