President Jokowi Holds Groundbreaking of Kulonprogo Airport Development


YOGYAKARTA, – The development of the new airport in Kulonprogo has been accelerated based on the Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 98 of 2017 on the Acceleration of Construction and Operation of Airport in Kulonprogro Regency, DIY Province, signed by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on October 23, 2017. The groundbreaking of the project was even done earlier on January 27, 2017 by President Jokowi too.

The Perpres No. 98 states the Kulonprogi airport will serve domestic and international flights to improve the connectivity, the aviation infrastructure, and to boost the development of the DIY province.

“The government assigns PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) to build and operate the new airport in Kulonprogo Regency, DIY Province,” reads the Article 2 paragraph (1) of this regulation.

The assignments include funding, technical planning, land acquisition, construction, operation and maintenance.

The construction and operation of the new airport in Kulonprogo Regency consist of: a. Facilities that cover: 1. Safety and security facilities; 2. Air side facilities; 3. Landline facilities, except for the control tower and fuel depot; b. Support facilities; and c. Train station.

PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) in executing the assignments can: a. Partner with other business entities through a selection by following good business rules; and b. Involve the local entrepreneurs who meet the requirements and classification required in accordance with the provisions of legislation.

The funding, according to the presidential regulation, is provided by PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) in accordance with the legislation.

“PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) carry out the construction of the new airport in Kulonprogo Regency, Yogyakarta Province, gradually and operates it in April 2019,” reads Article 8.

Meantime the DIY Governor, Kulonprogo Regent and/or Purworejo Regent in accordance with their respective authorities: a. Adjust the regional spatial plan; b. Approve the utilization of land and air space for the construction and operation of the new airport in Kulonprogo Regency; c. Facilitate the licensing, location determination and other supports required by PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero); d. Supervise and control the environment by handling the animal hazards and other activities may interfere with the flight safety; and e. Conduct the development and maintenance of the tsunami early warning system and tsunami barrier.

Through the regulation, the president has commissioned the coordinating minister for economic affairs as the chairman of the Acceleration of the Priority Infrastructure Development Committee to coordinate the acceleration of the development and operation of the new airport in Kulonprogo Regency, DIY Province, and reports to the president at least 1 (one) time in 6 months or anytime when needed.

“This Presidential Regulation shall come into force on the date of promulgation,” read Article 18 of the Presidential Regulation No. 98 of 2017, which has been enacted by Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna H. Laoly on October 25, 2017. (SETKAB/TPP)