Jakarta. Construction on the new Ahmad Yani International Airport in Semarang, Central Java, continues apace to meet a completion target of March next year.
The airport's construction is divided into two parts: part I is 90 percent complete while part II has already been finished.
"Part I includes improving road access, land stability in the Zone II parking area and cargo access. The remaining 10 percent is mostly finishing," airport operator Angkasa Pura I general manager at the airport, Lt. Col. Maryanto, said in a statement received by the Jakarta Globe on Tuesday (14/11).
The completed part II includes construction work on the airport's apron and runway — a total area of 72,552 square meters.
Construction on the airport's terminal is currently ongoing.
"We're confident the airport will be ready in March next year as President Jokowi had instructed," he said.
The new Ahmad Yani International Airport will have a more modern look and sophisticated facilities. It will be a two-story airport with a waiting room on the second floor and arrival and departure lounges on the first floor.
The airport will occupy a total area of 58,000 square meters, ten times bigger than its current size, and will be able to accommodate 6-7 million passengers per year.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said the new, larger capacity airport will help the local administration develop the new Joglosemar (Jogja-Solo-Semarang) supercity with the great Borobudur Temple as its icon.