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.