Kertajati is part of the central government’s Master Plan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesian Economic Growth (MP3EI) program
It will be constructed under public private partnership (PPP) scheme, the government has allocated Rp 160 billion for the runway construction of Kertajati Airport, Majalengka (West Java).
The government already spent Rp 80 billion in 2013 and is spending Rp 80 billion this year. This multi-year project will be undertaken by the central government, local governments (Pemdas), and PT Angkasa Pura II, with an estimated total investment of Rp 7 trillion in the project’s first phase. In addition, the ministry’s airport director, Ignatius Bambang Cahyono, said that
foreign investors from Malaysia, Singapore and Spain were interested in working with the government to develop the Rp 7.57 trillion project.
“The construction of land-side facilities, such as terminals, will be undertaken by the local government[s] in collaboration with PT Angkasa Pura II. Currently, the cost is being calculated,” said Bambang Tjahjono.
Santoso Eddy Wibowo also revealed that his office has held a coordination meeting with the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs to discuss the building of Kertajati Airport. Construction of Kertajati Airport will be accelerated to accommodate the demand for airport services in West Java.
“The construction of Kertajati Airport is to accommodate people in Bandung and surrounding areas. Chances are, this airport will be made to a class similar to the airport in Makassar (Sultan Hassanudin),” he said.
Meanwhile, aviation observer Arista Atmadjati revealed that the construction of new airports, such as Karawang and Kertajati, is urgent, given that it is no longer possible for Soekarno-Hatta Airport to be expanded due to land constraints. Meanwhile, the operation of Halim Perdanakusuma Airport is only temporary, because its main function is to cater to the Air Force’s activities.
“Construction of Karawang Airport and Kertajati Airport manifests the answer to respond the development of aviation business in Indonesia and the region, which is advancing rapidly, whereby the growth of passengers in Indonesia has been ranked the 3rd in the world,” he explained.
The Kertajati airport project, expected to cost IDR8.29 trillion ($903.61m), will be performed by state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I, and the company is soon expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the West Java provincial government.
Its construction was originally slated to begin in 2014, involves investments from China and India, and support Husein Sastranegara Airport, as the latter airport cannot be further expanded due to its location in the centre of Bandung.
The airport is expected to accommodate 20 million passengers each year in its first phase of construction, and will have the capacity for 70 million, which is the same as the new airport in Karawang, upon completion.