The Indonesian Government is planning to upgrade three international airports and construct 31 smaller airports in 2010.

The $509m initiative will include the finalisation of ongoing expansion projects at Kuala Namu International Airport, Lombok International Airport and Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport.

Lombok Airport will receive an $84.49m (Rp802bn) 2,750m runway, which is expected to open between December or January.

The runway project has been jointly funded by state airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I and local administrations.

Additionally, construction of a $463m (Rp4.4tn) 3,750m twin runway will begin soon at Kuala Namu Airport, which is scheduled to open next year.

The 52,000m² Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport is 80% complete and is scheduled to be fully operational by 2010 when it will be able to accommodate up to eight million passengers a year.

The construction of 31 smaller airports will be funded by local administrations.