Kertajati International Airport, the province's largest airport, had its main terminal structure topped off on Sunday (21/05). (Antara Photo)

Kertajati Tops Off Terminal Structure, Readies for 2018 Operations

BY :THRESA SANDRA DESFIKA

MAY 22, 2017

Majalengka, West Java. Kertajati International Airport, the province's largest airport, had its main terminal structure topped off on Sunday (21/05).

The government aims for the Rp 25 trillion ($1.88 billion) airport to be operational in June next year and cater to 11 million passengers a year, easing traffic on Bandung and Jakarta airports — particularly during the hajj and minor hajj (umrah) period.

"Our hope is that umrah traffic from West Java will be channeled through this airport. We expect that 1.5 million pilgrims will travel from here each year," said Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi.

The minister and West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan were both present at the topping off ceremony signifying completion of the terminal's metal shell. The airport's development has seen many delays, but Budi said he is now confident it will be operational next year.

Kertajati airport will have 3,000 meters runway, capable of handling large body jets such as Airbus A380 or Boeing 747.

The airport is located about 120 kilometers north of the province's capital, Bandung, and is likely to replace the city's overcrowded Husein Sastranegara International Airport.

The central government and the West Java administration bear most of the development costs.

The governor said the administration is now drafting a plan to connect the airport to toll roads by 2019, with a seven-kilometer uninterrupted link to Cikampek-Palimana Toll Road, and another one leading directly to Bandung.

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