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Inaugurated by Jokowi, Depati Amir Airport is Prepared to Become an International Airport

14 Mar 2019

PANGKALPINANG, - President Joko Widodo, Thursday (03/14/2019) morning, reviewed Depati Amir Airport, Pangkalpinang City, Bangka Belitung. The operation of the airport has been going on since 2017, but President Jokowi has not yet had the opportunity to inaugurate. The government is still planning to develop a passenger terminal because the airport is still overcapacity. Arriving at the airport using the Indonesian presidential plane-1 at 9:25 a.m., the President accompanied by First Lady Iriana immediately visited several airport areas.

Jokowi had a chance to get an explanation about the development of the airport passenger terminal from the Director of Angkasa Pura II Muhammad Awaluddin. Some of the areas reviewed by the President include passenger arrivals, passenger waiting rooms, and a number of facilities, one of which is a massage chair. President Jokowi had a chance to greet prospective passengers who were waiting for the plane in the waiting room. "Where are you going, sir?" Jokowi asked one of the prospective passengers. "I want to go to Tanjung Pandang," said the man named Saparudin (75). The passengers also shook hands and asked for a photo with Jokowi. To reporters, the President said, the government prepared the airport to become an international airport.

"This terminal has just been built. Later the right wing will be built again with a capacity of 3 million (passengers), the left wing will also be built to be 5 million. Then we will talk about the problem (becoming an international airport)," he said. The President believes the development of the airport will boost economic growth in Bangka Belitung. In addition to preparing for the construction of special economic zones, the government also developed the tourism sector in the province. In this review, Jokowi was accompanied by Bangka Belitung Governor Erzaldi Rosman, Coordinating Minister for Economy Darmin Nasution, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, and Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko.

Author: Fabian Januarius Kuwado
Editor: Inggried Dwi Wedhaswary