A passenger walks by in the new Kualanamu International Airport near Medan, North Sumatra. (Antara Foto/Muhammad Adimaja)

Construction of 57 New Airports to Start in the Next 5 Years


APRIL 03, 2015

Jakarta. The Ministry of Transportation has announced a plan to build 57 new airports and pledged to set aside Rp 71 trillion, or $5.5 billion, over the next five years for the project.

Suprasetyo, director general of air transportation at the ministry, said the government has earmarked Rp 11 trillion ($845 million) for projects that start this year. Construction for at least 11 new airports is due to begin this year.

"Rp 11 trillion will be used for airport construction in 2015 but we have allocated Rp 71 trillion until 2019," Suprasetyo said.

The new airports will be built in the southern parts of Sumatra, East Nusa Tenggara and Papua.

Suprasetyo added the government was also planning to open 218 new flight routes in 28 provinces this year but did not elaborate.