Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Transportation Ministry stated that floating airports, in addition to being an alternative transportation choice, can also attract foreign tourists to visit Indonesia.

"The operation of floating airports for seaplanes in archipelagic countries, such as Indonesia, can not only improve connectivity but can also be a new opportunity for regions in Indonesia in attracting tourists," Head of the ministry's Transportation Policy Agency Robby Kurniawan remarked here on Thursday.

According to the agency head, floating airports can enable the regions to develop tourist destinations.

Kurniawan noted that airports on water hold high potential for the country, as they can provide connectivity between provinces and cities.

In addition, it can connect travelers from hub airports to water-based tourist destinations, as well as serve as a pioneer transportation mode for island and archipelagic areas, especially in the frontier, outermost, and disadvantaged (3T) regions.

He explained that this year, his side has conducted policy analysis and a feasibility study related to the operation of a general-status floating airport, with a focus on proposing a pilot project in Bali's southern region.

Based on the study conducted by the agency in collaboration with the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in 2024, Bali being selected as the location for the pilot project is based on the highest number of tourist visits, both domestic and foreign, in Indonesia.

"Bali already has its own market share; the aviation industry in Bali is extraordinary; the helicopter rental service has been very developed; and there are many enthusiasts, so the seaplane can be an alternative," Kurniawan elaborated.

He affirmed that his side has conducted a trial of the seaplane at Bali's Mertasari Beach.

"The trial was carried out as an effort to encourage the area to become the first seaplane hub in Indonesia that will be connected to other potential locations," he explained.

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