JAKARTA - The time has come for Indonesia to build a multi airport system because it will not only reduce density in the main airport, it will also give an alternative to the metropolitan population in traveling and reduce distance to the airport.
This was a conclusion in a discussion "The need for Multi Airports in several big cities in Indonesia in anticipation of future demands for air transportation", head of the training and development institute of the transportation ministry Denny Siahaan said here Thursday.
Denny also said that a multi airport system can also promote regional economic growth and increase competitiveness among airport managers.
He said the building of multi airports is also carried in a decision of Transportation Minister No KM 7 of 2010 on a strategic plan of the Transportation Ministry of 2010-2014, which include the building of a multi airport in Jakarta to support the Soekarno Hatta international airport.
He also said that the discussion attended by transportation ministry officials, transportation experts, aviation and airport practitioners as well as private companies also drew a conclusion that a multi airport system needs to be built in a metropolitan center, especially with airport hubs with primary service scales, and with more than five million passengers per year.
An aviation observer and former airport technical director Ir. Yayoen Wahyoe said on the occasion that technical matters need to be considered in building a multi airport namely prioritizing operational delays rather than over capacities.
In the meantime, former president director of PT. Angkasa Pura I Fachri Zainuddin said at the discussions that in building multi airports in metropolitan areas in Indonesia need close coordination between the central government, regional administrations, airport authorities, ATC activities, airline businesses and land transportation.
"Another very important consideration is the national space plan and provincial, regency and city space plans," he said.
In the meantime airport director of the transportation ministry Bambang Tjahjono said in 2010 there are 12 airports managed by PT Angkasa Pura I with a total capacity of 30,700,440 people and a movement of 49,237,437 passengers.
There are 13 airports run by PT. Angkasa Pura II with a total capacity of 30,815,000 people and a movement of 62,215,834 passengers.
In the meantime, he said the number of passengers in the 2009-2014 period had been projected to grow by 10 pct, in the 2015-2020 period by 8 pct, in the 2021-2030 period by 5 pct, in the 2009-2014 period by 17 pct, in the 2015-2020 period by 10 pct, and in the 2021-2030 period by 10 pct.