Indonesia to build new airport in West Java

13 March 2012 (Last Updated March 13th, 2012 04:35)

The Indonesian Transportation Ministry is planning to allocate money for Kertajati International Airport (BIK) in West Java, which is scheduled for operation in 2020 and will cost about IDR 8.2 trillion ($902m).

The Indonesian Transportation Ministry is planning to allocate money for Kertajati International Airport (BIK) in West Java, which is scheduled for operation in 2020 and will cost about IDR 8.2 trillion ($902m).

The airport project is likely to be built on a public-private partnership scheme which the government hopes will draw potential investors to participate in the project.

Kertajati International Airport (BIK) project has been delayed for several years due investors' perception of a lack of support from the Indonesian government, Xinhua news agency quoted local media as saying Monday.

The new airport which will be located 60km northeast of Bandung, the capital of Java, and will feature three runways with terminal capacities to serve up to 20 million passengers.

Indonesian Transportation Ministry Air Transport director general, Herry Bakti Singayuda Gumay, said: "The West Java provincial government has asked the central government to be involved in this project, so we will work on that."

Currently, there is a ministerial decree to exclude Kertajati airport from state funding, following the request set by the West Java provincial government in 2005.

The Transportation Ministry is planning to revise the decree, while has said that the amount allocated in the state budget would depend on the approval from National Development and Planning Agency (Bappenas) and the available funds.

Herry said: "The fact that the provincial government is actively involved in the land acquisitions process is not enough to boost the project feasibility."

The West Java government has spent over IDR200bn to acquire 630ha of the 5,000ha of land required for the project and is planning to acquire 200ha more this year.