Jakarta. Angkasa Pura II, the state-owned airport operator, is set to manage Kertajati International Airport — soon to be West Java's largest airport when it opens next year.
The company, known as AP II, signed a memorandum of understanding last week with Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB), the local government-controlled company that develops the airport.
"There is also a possibility that AP II and BIJB will form a joint venture to expand the airport," AP II President Director Muhammad Awaluddin said in a statement on Sunday (23/07).
Awaluddin said AP II has proposed to set up a cargo service at Kertajati, among other options for a joint venture.
Located around 120 kilometers north of West Java capital Bandung, Kertajati will replace the overcrowded Husein Sastranegara International Airport.
The new airport will be capable of handling 5 million passengers annually in its first few years of operation and the developer plans to eventually expand the capacity to 18 million passengers per year.
Virda Dimas, BIJB president director, said the partnership with AP II will help attract more investors to expand the airport.
"Working with a company that already has a license to operate airports will cast doubts off investors' minds," Virda said.
Most of the costs for building the airport has so far been borne out by the central government and the West Java administration.