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PostSubject: International airport to open in coming months   Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:50 am

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 9:48 AM


The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Tue, 03/16/2010 3:10 PM | National



An international airport, currently under construction in Central Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara, is scheduled to be in operation in the coming months, an official said Tuesday.

Local provincial administration spokesman Ahmad Baharuddin, said that a soft opening for the airport was originally scheduled for this month, but was delayed due to the lack of supporting facilities, especially road access from the capital to the airport.

“State owned PT Angkasa Pura I, which is in charge of managing the airport facility, was not ready for the soft opening,” Baharuddin said in Mataram, as quoted by Antara state news agency.

The soft opening will possibly be delayed until June or July, he said, adding the delay was mainly caused by the fact the local administration still required funds to finance land clearance to enable the construction of a bypass leading to the airport.

The Rp 110 billion (US$11.80 million) airport project is designed to have a 1,750-meter runway and various facilities, including two aprons of 62,072 square meters, Baharuddin said.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/03/16/int039l-airport-lombok-be-operation-soon.html
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PostSubject: Re: International airport to open in coming months   Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:51 pm

"The soft opening will possibly be delayed until June or July, he said, adding the delay was mainly caused by the fact the local administration still required funds to finance land clearance to enable the construction of a bypass leading to the airport."

So if the funds turned up tomorrow, the needed land aquisition and building of the required bypass roads will still take a very long time. Literally years in Lombok timeframes. So really, it is no excuse not to open now! June or July will still have no land acquired, and no bypass.
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PostSubject: Re: International airport to open in coming months   Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:25 pm

Monday, March 22, 2010 4:19 PM

Security issues may disrupt airport plan

Panca Nugraha , The Jakarta Post , Mataram | Fri, 03/19/2010 11:20 AM | The Archipelago
The
Lombok International Airport will find it difficult to meet its
operational target by mid-July this year due to security problems, the
airport management company says.
The company’s airport construction
monitoring deputy director, Marsidi, told The Jakarta Post that his
company had set the target to finish the construction works by the end
of May.
So far, he added, 95 percent of the works had been completed and the passenger terminal was 84 percent complete.
He said other parts of the constructions, including the runway and other supporting operational buildings had all been finished.
“But unless the security is guaranteed, we will not be able to meet the target,” Marsidi said on Thursday.
He raised fears the security problems would get in the way.
Since 2008, the development of the international airport has been frequently marred with problems related to security.
The
problems include horizontal conflicts between communities of different
subdistricts in Pujut district, Central Lombok regency, where the
airport is located as well as thefts of the constructional materials
from the development sites and destructions of newly installed
infrastructure at the airport compound.
“We have so far recorded 56
security cases, including community conflicts, intimidations and
thefts. Thanks to that we have lost 190 days [of work].”
The airport
is located 40 kilometers southeast of the West Nusa Tenggara provincial
capital of Mataram. Covering 538 hectares, the airport has a
development budget of
Rp 829 billion from Angkasa Pura, Rp 110
billion from the provincial administration and Rp 40 billion from the
regency administration.
PT Angkasa Pura I’s Lombok office general
manager I Ketut Erdy Nuka said the airport was designed to replace the
Selaparang Airport in Mataram. Once ready, the equipments and manpower
from the Selaparang airport will be moved to the new airport.
Nuka
urged the local administrations to take care of the security problems
as they are the responsibility of both the provincial and regency
administrations.
Erdy underlined the importance of the airport for
the province, which has been actively developing its tourism sector,
saying the new airport will make it open to direct flights from other
countries.
He said the Selaparang airport accommodated 18,000 flights last year, bringing in and out over 1.1 million of passengers.
With the new airport having an international status, he said the figure will be much higher once it is already in operation.
“We are also expecting the people’s support because once the new airport operates, it will bring positive impacts.”

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PostSubject: Re: International airport to open in coming months   Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:57 pm

Interesting comment about the existing airport equipment and manpower being moved to the new airport, I have previously heard that the existing airport will remain in operation as a domestic airport. Have they actually built a domestic terminal at the new airport? I am not holding my breath for an opening any time this year.
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PostSubject: Re: International airport to open in coming months   Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:06 am

Yes, I had always heard that Selaparang would remain as a domestic airport. Maybe transfers from International to domestic would be a bit of a problem though....
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PostSubject: Thanks for the update Gemma   Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:38 am

Wondered how it was all progressing.
Also wondered whether Selaparang would remain operational - hadn't given transfers a thought.
Hopefully it may give us some other options from Melbourne - as it is now we have a 3 hour drive to Melbourne, then most flights are via somewhere else so we basically lose 2 days travel time.
Would much prefer to spend those 2 days in Lombok!!!

Thanks, Deb.
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PostSubject: Airport   Tue Mar 23, 2010 1:56 pm

I think they still be needing much more time to complete the international airport.There is still lot,s of work to do,particular safety matters and certification of the airport.When it,s open Selaparang will be closed because it,s to expensive to run 2 airports.Maybe the airforce takes it over.In my opinion this new airport is a waste of money.Selaparang is big enough and it was easyer and cheaper to extend the runway there.People think that if the new airport is open lots of airlines start to fly to Lombok.I don,t think so.Maybe a budget airline like Air Asia will try it but the big ones will still bring their tourist to Denpasar.They don't fly for 10 tourists to lombok,that's to expensive.Silk Air(singapore airlines) can only fly to Lombok because they have a lot of TKI's from Lombok-Sumbawa -Flores.We will see,time will tell.
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