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Kertajati Airport is targeted to Operate on Feb 2018

14 Feb 2019

MAJALENGKA. Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB) targets the operation of Kertajati Airport in Majalengka will be launching on February 2018. Until the first week of February 2017, the construction of the airport has reached 30.09%.

Virda Dimas Ekaputra, Director of BIJB, said that the construction of an airport of 1,800 hectares (ha) will be carried out by BIJB for the land side. While the air side will be carried out by the Ministry of Transportation by using the state budget.

"In November 2016, we have a decision on the air side will be taken by the government," he said in Majalengka, Monday (2/13).

The construction of the land side by BIJB is divided into three packages. Package I, which covers infrastructure works carried out by PT Adhi Karya worth Rp355 billion, has reached 64.2%. The second package which included the construction of a main passenger terminal worth Rp 1.39 trillion, which was worked on by PT Wijaya Karya Tbk and PTPP, had reached 19.9%.

While package III which covers the construction of an operational building valued at Rp. 416 billion, which was worked on by PT Waskita Karya Tbk has reached 35.04%.

BIJB targeting package I construction will completed on July 2017, package II on November and package III completed on August.

The area of ​​the passenger terminal will built reaches 121,100 square meters (m2). But at the initial stage of its operation, BIJB will build an IA passenger terminal with an area of ​​96,000 m2 which can accommodate 5 million-11 million passengers per year.

"Terminal IB will be carried out in 2023 if the passenger capacity is saturated," said Virda

The third package includes the construction of a cargo terminal will built covering an area of ​​90,000 m2. But going forward, BIJB will propose to expand to 200,000 m2. 

While for the air side, the Ministry of Transportation will build 2,500 meters a runway with a width of 60 meters. But by 2018, the runway will be extended to 3,000 meters.

In addition, Kenhub has also built apron and connecting roads between the runway and the apron (taxiway) and currently the construction progress has reached 80%.

For the air side, the Ministry of Transportation has poured IDR 500 billion until the end of 2016. While this year, IDR 250 billion will be prepared to perfecting this project.

While investment for developing the land side requires funds of Rp 2.1 trillion. About 70% will come from equity and 30% loans.

From the equity, 51% will be funded by the West Java provincial government and 49% will come from the issuance of RDPT aerospace infrastructure I. "For RDPT we will cooperate with Danareksa and we believe that April can be liquid," Virda explained.

Until the end of 2016, the West Java Provincial Government had made a capital injection of Rp 537.5 billion. This year, the planned additional capital of Rp 238 billion will be carried out this year. Virda said, the lack of capital deposits would be made through land.

Until now, the land area that has been successfully acquired for the needs of this airport reaches 1,000 ha and the status of the entire land is still an asset of the West Java Provincial Government. While the remaining 800 hectare will be accelerated.

"We propose to the Government that the priority of land acquisition, we hope in 2018 when operating, is that everything will be settled," Virda said.

There are 10 villages affected by the construction of Kertajati Airport. But so far according to Virda land acquisition has not experienced any obstacles.

"At present, from the perspective of land requirements, Phase I has been fulfilled. Indeed, there are some points that will be moved because it is still constrained. We propose to the Ministry of Transportation so that the three points are transferred to land that is already available," he explained.

To access this airport, it will be equipped with toll roads and non-toll roads. But the initial stage will still be accessed through non-toll roads. "The regent wants to access non-toll roads first, then the toll road. Access to the new toll road will be opened after the number of passengers is already large. But the non-toll road will be expanded to four segments later," Virda explained.

Even adding access to the airport in the future, the company has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with PT Railink to build an airport train. Currently Railink is reviewing the construction of the train which will later be accessed from Jatikarang station. But the construction of this airport train will be carried out if the number of passengers reaches a minimum of 10 million per year, "explained Virda.

Currently there are several airlines that have stated their commitment to enter Ketajati airport. Until now, BIJB has carried out a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Citilink, Sriwijaya, Allstar, and chartered airline NAC charters. "Will follow Garuda and AirAsia," he said.

While for handling ground handling, BIJB has held an MoU with PT Jasa Angkasa Semesta (JAS) and PT Gapura Angkasa.

In operating this airport in 2018, BIJB will establish a management contract with PT Angkasa Pura II considering that they are new entrants to airport management. But after five years, said Virda, he will propose to manage the airport independently.