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Commercial Airport Helicopters Will Operate Immediately

21 May 2019

JAKARTA - The first commercial heliport airport in Indonesia will be operational soon. The presence of this helicopter taxi can be an alternative mode of urban transportation to avoid congestion to and from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Soetta).

Since it was first introduced on December 4, 2017, the construction of the air taxi base has finally been completed. Arriving on a 2.7 hectare land in South Perimeter Street, Neglasari, Kota Tangerang, Banten, the Soetta Airport heliport is targeted to be fully operational by the end of 2019. With an investment of Rp80 billion, the Soetta Airport heliport has 10 hangars that can accommodate 50 Bell 505 helicopters or the equivalent of 20 Bell 429 / Airbus H130 helicopters. This heliport will also be equipped with a shooting point with the installation of lights to support night flights. Then, there is a customer lounge, cafe, office, facilities along with an evacuation medic (medical helicopter) person.

This large commercial helicopter base was built by the helicopter company PT Whitesky Aviation. The company is working with the manager of Soetta Airport, PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II. President Director of PT Whitesky Aviation Denon Prawiraat madja said that the cooperation in the construction of the Soetta Airport heliport will be carried out for the next 30 years. "We are committed to making helicopters a part of developing urban transportation modes in Indonesia," Denon said yesterday. Helicopter flight services to and from Soetta Airport have a high level of safety and comfort making it possible to fly at night.

"The construction of the heliport will be one of the development of urban transportation modes. Especially the modes of supporting or supporting transportation from and to Soekarno-Hatta Airport, "he said. Although only the first phase of construction has been completed, the heliport has begun testing for flights. However, it will officially open later this year. "After the first phase of construction is complete, the heliport can be operated directly even though it is still in the trial stage. "Officially, the heliport will only be operated by the end of the year," he said. This helicopter taxi serves passengers in surrounding cities such as Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi, and Bandung. In fact, including medical evacuation services from and to hospitals. For the general public, air transportation services are indeed quite expensive.

One way, you can be charged rates starting from IDR 1.5 million to IDR 2 million for regular to and from Soetta tires to the Jabodetabek area. While for outside Jakarta, the tariff can be up to IDR 3-4 million. One regular helicopter can accommodate four people. While premium helicopters can carry up to six people. "Now we just focus on Jakarta, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Bintaro, Bekasi, Cikarang, and Cikampek. A new fleet of 10-12 helicopters. Our operational time is 60 hours per month or two hours per day, "Denon added.

He said, this civilian helicopter could only fly from 06.00-18.00 WIB. This heliport will be equipped with 10 corridors which are allowed to fly for 24 hours. There are helicopters that can be used to transport passengers to travel from the heliport and to Soetta Airport are Bell 42 and Bell 505 types. Director of PT AP II Muhammad Awaludin said, helicopter taxis to Soetta Airport will add to the facilities of visitors who will fly abroad and domestic from Soetta Airport. "With this helicopter transportation, it will certainly be a competitiveness in the aviation world and make the Soetta Airport level elevated compared to other countries' airports," he said. Therefore, he welcomed the completion of the first phase of the heliport.

Thus, this commercial heliport can be operated immediately. "We really appreciate Whitesky's efforts, because they have initiated the construction of Indonesia's first commercial heliport that can enhance the image and reputation of Soetta Airport," he said. The existence of a special commercial helicopter airport is part of a transportation connectivity program that regulates a multimodal transportation system. "Multimoda is intended to make all modes of transportation transport connected and mutually supportive for other transportation, starting from buses, taxis, trains and helicopters to Soetta Airport," he said. Special for helicopters, even though it does not land directly on the Soetta tires, it can connect places that are difficult to reach in Jakarta and in Bandung.

The importance of flight safety by helicopter must be maintained to make AirNav Indonesia's Managing Director Novie Riyanto speak up. It will make safety standards. "All must comply with aviation safety standards and procedures. "We have made a standard operating procedure (SOP) so that helicopter services will not interfere with the flight traffic at Soetta Airport," he said. Flight observer Gatot Rahardjo said that the operation of the heliport at Soetta Airport would facilitate mobility and increase the choice of people going to the airport. This service, although rated for the upper class, should be appreciated so as to open new business opportunities in the field of air transportation for all levels of society. "Of course this will increase mobility from and to the airport. I think the market potential is also quite large, "he said.


Journalist: SINDO Newspaper (Hasan Kurniawan) (kmj)