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BIB Kertajati is ready to take the route from Husein Airport

BIB Kertajati. (Special)

LENGKONG, AYOBANDUNG.COM– If you arrive in mid-June 2019, Kertajati International Airport will receive an overflow of flight paths from Husein Sastranegara Airport in Bandung. The delegation of this route is an optimization of the existence of airports in Majalengka Regency.

Shortly after or in July 2019, the government decided that Kertajati could be used as a haul's boarding place to serve direct flights to Makah. Not all of them, but at least about 17 groups from five districts / cities: Indramayu Regency, Cirebon Regency, Cirebon City, Majalengka Regency and Kuningan Regency. That number is likely to increase, since Sumedang Regency is interested in departing from Kertajati Airport.

Flights at the airport that President Joko Widodo inaugurated on 24 May will also become increasingly crowded, where Umrah services are determined by Budi Karya Sumadi after the Hajj season of 2019. This refers to the Kertajati Airport Readiness Coordination Meeting with Indonesian maritime affairs coordinating minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, as well as religious minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, for the implementation of Hajj and Umrah in Jakarta, Friday, May 10, 2019.

At the same time, the provincial government of West Java wants to make Kertajati airport the center of Indonesia's cargo. To realize this, a meeting with PT Jasa Angkasa Semesta (JAS) Tbk and PT Pos Logistik Indonesia was held in Pakuan Building, Bandung City, Friday, May 10, under the leadership of West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil.

Director of PT Bandarudara Internasional West Java (BIB) Muhamad Singgih welcomed the steps the government has taken to maximize the existence of Kertajati Airport. The 1,800-hectare airport should reduce the burden on Husein Sastranegara and Soekarno-Hatta for the service of moving people and goods.

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"We, the management and managers of Kertajati Airport, appreciate the steps the government has taken to optimize this airport, because the airport must be built with public money, even though it must be known that this airport is in mutual cooperation built, "Singgih said. his statement, in Bandung, Friday, May 17, 2019.

The overflow of flights from Husein to Kertajati was carried out in phases. As the first phase, the transfer will be realized on June 15, 2019 with 12 destination routes. Flights in Hussein for routes outside of Java (except Bandar Lampung) are served in Kertajati. Regarding services on Java, still use Hussein.

The route prepared by Kertajati is; Balikpapan, Lombok, Pangkalpinang, Pontianak, Denpasar, Padang, Medan, Banjarmasin, Batam, Makassar, Pekanbaru, Palembang. "There are five jet aircraft airlines deployed from Kertajati." The frequency is that each route is run once a day, unless favorite routes such as Bali can be more than once a day, "Singgih said.

Route transfer according to Singgih will be supported by multi-mode transportation that can reach Kertajati Airport directly. At present there are 12 partners with services for nine regions, namely Bandung, Indramayu, Tasikmalaya, Sumedang, Majalengka, Kuningan, Purwakarta, Cirebon and Bekasi District.

"People are no longer concerned, because when these routes are operational, there will already be transport services and this will be further developed to other regions," said Singgih. Other readiness that is being completed is the area of ​​the second-floor airline and the commercial area in the form of tenants. "All aviation offices will be completed shortly before this EID. If there are additions, either on the first, second or third floor."

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Hajj and Umrah

The creation of Kertajati Airport as embarkashi for the pilgrimage in 2019 requires readiness of both the airport and supporting infrastructure. Runway or runway 3,000 x 60 meters that is currently being completed in the certification phase in June 2019. It is the length of the runway that pilgrims can bring directly to Makah. Aircraft that serves as Boeing 777-300 from Garuda Indonesia or Saudi Airlines.

"Why should it not be used as a Hajj airport last year? Because there is only 2,500 meters of runway. There are currently 3,000 meters and a parking space that can accommodate 22 aircraft, four of which are for a wide body," Singgih said. Regarding other items such as Customs and Immigration, there are no problems.

In addition, Singgih said, there were several alternatives regarding the dormitory for future pilgrims who had been submitted to central and regional governments. One of the hotels in Cirebon is Radiant. Hotels with large half facilities are considered representative to accommodate the willingness of one group of pilgrims before flying directly to the Holy Land.

"There are several options for this hostel, but hotels in Cirebon are being targeted because it is not that long and a representative place. We are just waiting for the agreement with a number of alternatives," Singgih said.

Not much different than the Umrah service that will be realized later in September 2019. According to Singgih, the willingness to leave Hajj will also automatically look at Umrah's willingness. Singgih further said that there were currently 60 Umrah travel agencies from different regions who wanted to send pilgrims via Kertajati Airport.

He hoped that when Umrah's departure took place, the Umrah lounge to be built was ready. The allotment garden for future pilgrims is offered in the area of ​​the international third departure floor with an area of ​​750 square meters. "This lounge is equipped with musala and a mosque with a capacity of around 300 people," Singgih said.

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