Indonesia to build 62 new airports

Indonesia to build 62 new airports

Indonesian Transportation Deputy Minister, Bambang Susantono. (FOTO ANTARA/Audy Alwi)

There are now 237 airports in Indonesia.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Transportation Deputy Minister Bambang Susantono said Indonesia planned to build 62 new airports in the coming five years so that the number of airports in the country would increase to 299.

"There are now 237 airports in Indonesia. Of the number, 13 are managed by airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I, 13 by PT Angkasa Pura II and the remaining ones are operated by the UPT of the Directorate General of Air Transportation," the deputy minister noted in written statement here on Saturday.

The sizes of airports operated by the air transportation directorate general are not as large as airports found in various big cities in Indonesia, he explained.

But the presence of the smaller airports are important for accessibility in the regions. Many of the new airports will be developed in Indonesias eastern regions.

The distribution of airports in Java and Sumatra is one for each of a distance of 100 km, Kalimantan and Sulawesi 60 km and Maluku, Nusa Tanggara and Papua 30 km, he said.