YOGYAKARTA, presidentpost.com – Despite some rejections, PT Angkasa Pura I ensures the construction of New Yogyakarta International Airport (NYIA) will not be postponed from the schedule. The airport is targeted to start operating partly in 2019.
President Director of PT Angkasa Pura I, Faik Fahmi, said that despite the protests from residents and a group of activists, the process of land clearing and infrastructure development has started early this year.
“We target the runway to be completed by the end of 2018, so in April 2019 it will be operational,” Faik said at Bangsal Kepatihan on Monday (1/15).
He added the construction of NYIA is divided into two parts namely the airside or the construction of runway and land side which includes the supporting facilities such as terminal and waiting room.
“For terminal, it is targeted to finish in 2019,” he said.
To make the airport able to be operated immediately, he called on the community to support the airport development that is located not far from the southern coast of Kulonprogo. To those who still reject the project, Angkasa Pura 1 said it will keep trying to find a way to settle down through friendly discussions.
“We keep trying to find a solution,” Faik Fahmi said.
Meanwhile, Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan HB X left the rejection problem to AP I and Kulonprogo Regency administration to solve. The king of Yogyakarta Sultanate said he believed both parties will be able to solve the problem.
“I can’t do all, let Angkasa Pura and Kulonprogo government to settle it this time,” said Sri Sultan HB X. (MRP/TPP)