President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo has signaled for new developments at the Silangit International Airport near Lake Toba in North Sumatra during his visit to officially inaugurate the airport on Friday (24/11). (Antara Photo/Puspa Perwitasari)

Expansions Coming to Silangit International Airport

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

NOVEMBER 25, 2017

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has signaled for new developments at the Silangit International Airport near Lake Toba in North Sumatra during his visit to officially inaugurate the airport on Friday (24/11).

The developments will include a runway extension from 2,650 meters to 3,000 meters and terminal construction from 3,000 square meters to 10,000 square meters.

The instruction aims to accommodate Airbus jets larger than wide-bodied planes Boeing 737-800 and Airbus 320 and receive more than 500,000 passengers a year.

"It will finish the latest by 2020," Jokowi said during his opening speech, as quoted in a statement.

During his visit, he was accompanied Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno, Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung and Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki.

Jokowi's administration has been promoting new tourist destinations in Indonesia, called the "10 New Balis," which include Lake Toba. The government has spent Rp 20 trillion ($1.5 billion) to develop the area around Lake Toba, Rp 10 trillion of which was spent on infrastructure development and another Rp 10 trillion on resort development.

"We are opening the gateway to the beauty of Lake Toba that has rich art and culture," Jokowi said.

Other destinations include Borobudur Temple in Central Java, Thousand Islands in Jakarta, Tanjung Kelayang in Bangka Belitung, Tanjung Lesung in Banten, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara, Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park in East Java, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Wakatobi in Southeast Sulawesi, and Morotai in North Maluku.

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