Government Mulls New Airport in Bay of Jakarta

11 Oktober, 2012 | Source: The Jakarta Globe

The government is currently studying a private sector proposal to build a new airport for the capital in the Bay of Jakarta, a report said on Thursday, citing Indonesia’s coordinating minister for the economy.

“I still need three to four more months to study this proposal,” Hatta Rajasa was quoted by state news agency Antara as saying in Tokyo late on Wednesday.

He said the private enterprise that submitted the proposal was prepared to build it. The plan, Hatta said, was for an airport built on an island of yet to be reclaimed land in the Bay of Jakarta.

The airport would also be directly connected to the capital’s current primary airport, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Banten, by a rapid train, he said.

He said the private sector could build the airport in cooperation with a state company, adding that the runway has to be funded from the state budget.

The proposal comes at a time when Soekarno-Hatta is operating at overcapacity. Hatta said that consideration, combined with the fact that it can not longer be expanded at its current location, were driving the search for an alternative in the capital region.

The Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta, he added, also could not be expanded since it is the property of the Air Force.

“Therefore, it is time to build a new airport in the Metropolitan Priority Area,” Hatta said.

The senior minister said the rising purchasing power of Indonesia’s rapidly growing middle class was making air travel more feasible, and making additional infrastructure to accommodate those passengers more crucial.

 

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