Papua's Yahukimo District Gets $26.8m for Airport Expansion

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

NOVEMBER 20, 2016

Jakarta. The Ministry of Transportation has allocated Rp 350 billion ($26.8 million) for the expansion of Dekai Airport in Yahukimo district, Papua.

The budget allocation was announced after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inaugurated the airport on Oct. 18, in a move to improve connectivity in the country's eastern area, state-run Antara news agency reported.

The expansion will include a runway extension from 1,950 meters to 2,500 meters, which will allow Boeing 737-200 and 737-300 series aircraft to land, Yahukimo district head Abock Busup said on Sunday (20/11).

He added that the Yahukimo administration has lobbied state-owned airline Garuda Indonesia to open a Jakarta-Denpasar-Timika-Yahukimo and Jayapura-Yahukimo-Merauke route.

"The new routes to Yahukimo will hopefully boost the local economy," Abock said.

The airport expansion is set for completion next year.

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