Transfer of Capital City, Balikpapan Airport Not Ready for Large Plane

The runway means of Sultan Aji Muhammad International Airport in Sulaiman Balikpapan isn't yet prepared to house large-bodied airplane movements whilst the govt. officially determines a brand new capital in East Kalimantan. The General Manager of PT Angkasa Pura I Limited for SAMS Balikpapan Farid Airport Indra Nugraha stated that the present runway was in basic terms capable to land Boeing 747 jumbo jet airplane for the Hajj.

"For example, the brand new capital metropolis is about in East Kalimantan, to house large-scale international aircraft, the runway is anticipated to be extended," Farid stated whilst met at SAMS Balikpapan Airport, East Kalimantan, Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Farid explained, currently, SAMS Airport has a runway size of 2,500 meters. If East Kalimantan is declared simply due to the fact the capital city, the airport runway ought to be prolonged 500 meters to 3,000 meters.

Director General of Air Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation, Polana B. Pramesti, stated that the runway extension requires a big investment. In addition, this mission requires a lengthy activity simply due to the fact airport operators and neighborhood governments ought to habits reclamation within the aspect round the airport.

"The extension of the runway requires reclamation first simply due to the fact (the cutting-edge runway) is close to the waters," he said.

Polana views airport operators and the govt. don't want to hurry to observe the runway extension. Because, his celebration ought to habits a different examine with a interval of time that isn't short.

Indeed, because it was inaugurated in 2014, Polana stated Angkasa Pura I already had a grasp plan for runway development. However, the realization of this trend adapts to market desires and needs

"The grasp plan is there, however it relies on call for . If there's a need, for instance to Europe (runway), it will be (extended). If it is in basic terms as soon as a pilgrimage, proper dear, "he said.

Meanwhile, relating to the bodily condition of the terminal, Polana stated that the cutting-edge condition of the airport was sufficiently representative to house the stream of passengers if the govt. could observe the move of the capital city. Based at the design, SAMS Balikpapan Airport can accommodate passenger movements of as much as 10 million a year. Meanwhile, according to the newest statistical information in 2018, this airport has accommodated 7.3 million passenger movements.

The past government had deliberate to observe the move of the  capital metropolis . With President Joko Widodo's go to to the Bukit Soeharto Grand Forest Park in East Kalimantan a few time ago, the section was suspected of being a solid candidate for Jakarta's replacement simply due to the fact the capital city. Therefore, SAMS International Airport is anticipated to grow to be the capital metropolis airport resulting from its situation closest to Soeharto Hill.  

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