"The small airports that we are developing are Ngloram Airport in Blora District, Dewandaru Airport in Karimunjawa Islands, and Wirasaba Airport in Purbalingga (District)," Head of the Central Java Transportation Office Satriyo Hidayat stated in Semarang on Thursday.
Hidayat pointed out that the plan for the development of three small airports had garnered significant attention from the central and provincial governments to support the tourism industry and economic growth.
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He noted that the Ngloram Airport's runway will be extended to 1,200 meters at the end of 2019 to facilitate the landing of ATR-42 or ATR-72 plane serving chartered flights at the airport.
The runway of Dewandaru Airport in Karimunjawa Islands will be extended to 1,400 meters until the end of this year and will be further increased to a maximum of 1,600 meters during the 2020-2021 period.
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"If Dewandaru Airport is developed, it will be able to operate until night time. The airport currently operates until 5 p.m. local time. We are in the process of working on the lighting until the end of this year,” he noted.
The central government plans to cooperate with the local government to clear land to make way for the construction of the first phase of the 1,600-meter-long runway, he stated.
"If the runway is 1,600 meters long, it could serve ATR-72. The number of ATR-72 is large in Java,” he stated.
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