The Singkawang Airport development in the West Kalimantan province of Indonesia is nearing completion, with ‘95%’ of the work finished, according to a report by Antara News.
Indonesia’s Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi announced this progress during a recent inspection.
The remaining work, including a runway extension, is expected to be finished in the next one to two months.
Construction of the airport began in 2019, with an inaugural operation target set for April 2024.
According to the news publication, Sumadi said: “The construction of the airport is at 95% completion, and we are currently working on the interior.
“Its runway of 1,400m is done, but we are extending it to 2,000m.”
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The government has been employing its State Budget in partnership with business entities, including those in Singkawang, through a public-private partnership framework for the development of the airport.
Sumadi added: “Plenty of people from Singkawang have been donors to the development of this airport, including the extension of its runway.”
The ongoing runway extension is anticipated to enable the airport to accommodate larger aircraft such as the Airbus A320, in addition to ATR-branded planes.
The airport is expected to enhance interregional connectivity, boost local tourism, generate job and business prospects, and contribute to the economic growth of West Kalimantan as a whole.
Facilities at the new airport include a 200m x 18m taxiway, a 312m² cargo terminal, and an 8,000m² passenger terminal building.