JAKARTA, presidentpost.com – West Java Provincial Government targets the Majalengka Kertajati Airport to launch its maiden flight in May 2018. Currently the construction of airport facilities continues to be sped up to pursue the target.
West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan, familiarly called Aher, said the operation of Kertajati Airport is scheduled to start in May 2018 and in July 2018 it will serve to fly the hajj pilgrims.
“The soft launching is scheduled on May 1, 2018 then the grand launching in June with the first batch of hajj pilgrimage passengers on July 15,” said Aher at the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Jakarta, on Tuesday (2/20).
According to Aher, the airport is currently working on several facilities, such as passenger terminal and runway extension to become 500 meters. The runway extension work is targeted for completion in four months, so that during the hajj season, the Kertajati Airport can accommodate wide-bodied aircrafts.
“At the soft launching we can only use small planes. In June after the 500 meters runway is completed, Boeing 777 can land on and take off from the new runway,” he said.
To support the access to Kertajati Airport, Cileunyi-Sumedang-Dawuan toll road (Cisumdawu) is currently under construction. The toll road is targeted to operate in 2019. For the time being, the access to Kertajati Airport can be reached from the Cikampek-Palimanan (Cipali) toll road.
“Currently using Cipali, but hopefully in 2019 Cisumdawu toll road will be ready,” Aher said.
Coordinating Minister for Mariteme Affairs Luhut Binar Pandjaitan said that Kertajati Airport is located very strategically close to the integrated economic areas of Karawang, Bekasi and Purwakarta, supported by transportation infrastructure. Besides, the vacant land of Kertajati Airport is still large, making the airport can be expanded further.
“I see the Kertajati Airport in the future can be expanded freely because the vacant land is larger than Cengkareng,” Aher said. (LPT/TPP)