Kertajati International Airport
Kertajati International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Kertajati, Sundanese: ᮘᮔ᮪ᮓᮁ ᮅᮓᮛ ᮄᮔ᮪ᮒᮨᮁᮔᮞᮤᮇᮔᮜ᮪ ᮊᮨᮁᮒᮏᮒᮤ), is an airport in West Java constructed to serve as the second international airport for the Greater Bandung, also serving Cirebon metropolitan, parts of West Java and Central Java provinces. Now the second largest airport in Indonesia by area after Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, it is located in Majalengka Regency, around 68 kilometers east of Bandung.
Kertajati International Airport
Bandar Udara Internasional Kertajati
Terminal of Kertajati International Airport
|Owner||Provincial Government of West Java, Indonesia via PT Bandarudara Internasional Jawa Barat|
|Operator||PT Angkasa Pura II|
|Serves||Bandung, Cirebon and West Java province excluding Greater Jakarta area|
|Opened||24 May 2018|
The airport began operations on 24 May 2018 when the President aircraft Indonesia-1 landed at the airport. The new airport functions as a buffer to help ease air traffic at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. Upon completion, the airport will have a total capacity of 29 million passengers annually, with additional space for expansion. The airport will also operate cargo terminals with an official estimate of 1.5 million tons of cargo by 2020.
In order to ensure completion of Kertajati Airport, construction of Karawang Airport has been put on hold and Kertajati was fast-tracked for completion. The 1,800 hectares airport is estimated to cost Rp 25.4 trillion. The plan includes three runways (3750 m x 60 m, 4025 m x 60 m, and 3000 m x 60 m) to accommodate superjumbo jets such as the Airbus A380, Antonov An-225, Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A350-1000 XWB. The airport will also be equipped with technology to handle latest aircraft such as Boeing 787-10 The project will include a 3,400 hectares Aerotropolis, known as Kertajati Aerocity. Twice the size of the airport, this aerotropolis will be a new center of economic growth. It is located north of the Cipali Toll Road, east of the Cimanuk River.
Project implementation consists of five phases: preparation phase (2015), phase I (2015-2020), phase I-II (2016-2025) and purpose phase III and IV after 2025. During Phase I, the project focused on airport development. Phases I-II will be Kertajati Aerocity development, phase III will be the growth of Kertajati as aerotropolis, and as the final phase, Kertajati Aerocity will act as an enabler of sustainable economic center. Based on strategic development plan, aside from regular large passenger jet & cargo flights, the airport facilities have been optimized for Low Cost Carriers (LCC) and Hajj flights to Saudi Arabia. This will eventually shift passengers and traffic from Bandung & West Java which have been heavily congesting CGK, to Kertajati.
The airport features a single runway with the apron accommodating 22 aircraft. In April 2019 the airport runway extension work to 3000 metres was finished.
Initially, the terminal has 121,000 square metres (1,302,433 sq ft) area with 2 concourses of domestic & international gates, 11 million passengers a year. Furthermore, as construction proceeds, the terminal will expand to 209,151 square metres (2,251,283 sq ft) area with a passenger capacity of 30 million passengers per year by 2019, with plenty of space for phase II expansion. Citilink is the first airline to get permission with Kertajati-Juanda route will start on June 8, by an Airbus A320 aircraft.
Airlines and destinationsEdit
Several bus companies, including DAMRI bus and private operators provide services from the airport to various destinations of West Java roundtrip. Damri Airport bus is free-of-charge (until the next Christmas/holiday season or Idul Fitri season).
|Service||Destination (Kertajati Airport)|
|Shuttle Airport Bus|
Damri Airport Bus to Bandung Rp 75,000 and to Cirebon Rp 40,000.But the central government is providing a transportation subsidy by operating free Damri buses for one year, from three cities: Karawang, Cirebon and Bandung . The airport will be accessed by Cisumdawu Toll Road, which is now under construction and expected to be completed by 2020. Train routes of Bandung-Garut and Cianjur-Bandung will also be forwarded to Kertajati Airport for accessibility support.
Although still pushing for high speed rail project that will extend from Bandung to the airport, PT Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB) and Railink have signed an MOU to build rail tracks and airport train system, when necessary.
During the soft opening, the airport suffered from mismanagement, Criticism came from Vice President Jusuf Kalla for not doing proper research when developing the airport. Similarly Indonesian Ombudsman criticized failures and lack of effort by the airport company, BIJB to consult with airlines when developing the airport.
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