President Joko Widodo Inaugurates Juwata Airport in Tarakan
Date 23 Maret 2016
After conducting working visit to border area in Entikong, West Kalimantan, President Joko Widodo continued his agenda to North Kalimantan.
The Presidential Aircraft carrying the President and his entourage took off from Supadio Airport, Pontianak, at around 01.00 p.m Western Indonesian Time after the President delivered his press statement on Masela Block. After 1.5 hours, the Aircraft landed at Juwata International Airport, Tarakan, at 3.30 p.m. local time or 2.30 p.m. Western Indonesian Time.
The President was welcomed by Governor of North Kalimantan Irianto Lambrie and immediately looked at the scale model and panel data of the Airport. Afterwards, the President headed to the location of inauguration. For the record, the Airport is located at the youngest province in Indonesia.
By saying bismillahirrahmanirrahim, the new passengers terminal of Juwata Airport is officially operated, the President said.
Juwata International Airport in Tarakan, North Kalimantan, is located only 3.5 kilometers from the city center. The length of its runway is 2,250 meters, while the width is 45 meters.
This Airport can accommodate Boeing and Airbus medium-body aircrafts, as well as ATR and small aircrafts, for example, Caravan. It serves flights to a number of big cities, such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Balikpapan, Makassar, as well as small cities, such as Berau, Nunukan, Malinau, and Tanjung Selor. The 12,440 square meters terminal can accommodate 3 million passengers in one year.
After the inauguration, the President and his entourage went to Nur Iman Mosque, Karanganyar Pantai Village, West Tarakan Sub-district, Tarakan, to distribute Aspiring Family Program (PKH) Social Assistance, Health Indonesia Card (KIS), Smart Indonesia Card (KIP), Social Assistance Card for People with Severe Disabilities (ASPDB), and Social Assistance Card for the Elderly (ASLUT).
The inauguration was also attended by Deputy Speaker of Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR) Oesman Sapta, Minister of Transportation Ignasius Jonan, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, and Governor of North Kalimantan Irianto Lambrie. (UN/ES) (MMB/YM/Naster)