President Jokowi Inaugurates Tebelian Airport in W. Kalimantan
As part of his working visit to West Kalimantan province, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Wednesday (12/08) inaugurated Tebelian Airport in Sintang regency, which is located in the northeastern part of the province.
“Alhamdulillah, thank God, [the construction of] Tebelian Airport has been completed and is ready for operation,” the President said in his remarks.
For the record, the airport – which is constructed on a 153-hectares plot of land – costs a budget of Rp580 billion and is expected to serve ATR 72 type airplane flights as it has a runway spanning 1,820 meters.
According to the President, the airport is expected to serve as many as 75 thousand passengers every year.
“The airport plays a very important role in meeting the burgeoning demands from the people for air transport and to support the increasingly rising flow of people,” he said, adding that the Indonesian people must be facilitated to move swiftly in a world filled with fierce competition among countries.
Hence, smooth connectivity is a must, the President added.
“Smooth connectivity is the key. We must be able to provide easier, smoother and affordable connectivity among provinces, regions and districts so that new economic hubs can continue to grow in various regions,” he remarked.
For the record, Tebelian airport is the sixth airport that operates in West Kalimantan province, replacing the function of Susilo airport. Located 14 kilometers from Sintang city center, the airport not only serves Sintang regency, but also four other regencies in the province, including Melawi, Sekadau, Sanggau, and Kapuas Hulu. (TGH/UN) (GWH/EP)