The Central Java government and state-owned operator Angkasa Pura II on Tuesday (17/11) signed a memorandum of understanding to develop Panglima Jendral Soedirman Airport in Purbalingga. (Antara Photo/Yudhi Mahatma)

Panglima Jendral Soedirman Airport to Become a Commercial Port

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

NOVEMBER 19, 2017

Jakarta. The Central Java government and state-owned operator Angkasa Pura II on Tuesday (17/11) signed a memorandum of understanding to develop Panglima Jendral Soedirman Airport in Purbalingga into a commercial airport.

The agreement was signed by Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo and Angkasa Pura II president director Muhammad Awaluddin at the Airport Hotel of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten.

The signing was attended by Indonesian Air Force representative Yadi Husyadi, Airnav Indonesia (LPPNPI) director Novie Riyanto and Purbalingga district head Tasdi.

"We already have a number of plans to maximize the potential of Panglima Jendral Soedirman Airport for the advancement of Central Java," Ganjar said in a statement on Sunday.

The governor expressed his hope that the development will help the local economy grow as the airport will provide easier access not only for Purbalingga residents, but also for the neighboring districts of Banyumas, Banjarnegara, Wonosobo, Temanggung, Kebumen, Pekalongan, Tegal and Brebes.

According to Muhammad, Angkasa Pura II has prepared a budget of Rp 320 billion ($23.7 million) for the development. It includes runway expansion to accommodate Bombardier and Boeing 737 aircraft, and construction of a 2,000 meter-square terminal to serve 200,000 a year.

The groundbreaking is planned for mid-December, while the airport is expected to become operational in December 2018.

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