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Angkasa Pura II Ready to Support Develop General Aviation to Promote Indonesian Tourism

27 Jul 2019

The Central and Regional Governments support the initiative of PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) to implement the General Aviation concept to become a new attraction for Indonesian tourism. This was conveyed by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya and Banyuwangi Regent Abdullah Azwar Anas at the General Aviation for Tourism Seminar: The Jurus Jitu General Aviation Supported Indonesian Tourism, which was held at theL Royale Hotel & Resort Banyuwangi, Friday (26/7).

In the keynote speech he delivered at the event, Arief Yahya mentioned Indonesia's weakness in attracting foreign tourists only from the access side. While for cultural attractions and hospitality amenities everything is adequate.

"Foreign tourists who want to come to Indonesia are 70% using air transportation, so it must be admitted that we have limited access to reach tourist destinations that are difficult to reach by land or sea mode," said Arief Yahya.

Whereas in terms of airport capacity managed by state-owned companies such as Angkasa Pura (AP) II, there are still excess capacity flight slots that can be utilized at airports in the area where there are beautiful tourist destinations such as Banyuwangi.

"Companies that are growing now are those that can capitalize on the excess capacity they have with the concept of sharing economy. Therefore, I support the efforts of AP II to become a pioneer in airport management for General Aviation, "he stressed.

In line with Arief Yahya, Regent Azwar Anas also claimed to be interested in the concept of General Aviation which was triggered by AP II. According to Azwar, the management of Banyuwangi International Airport by AP II in a professional manner has helped the regions he leads to be easier for local and foreign tourists to visit.

"General Aviation is something new for the Regional Government. Because Banyuwangi is flanked by three national parks that are very beautiful when viewed from above by tourists, "said Azwar Anas.

Initial Idea and Preparedness of AP II

AP II President Director Muhammad Awaluddin, appreciated the support given by Central and Regional Government officials for his company to develop the concept of General Aviation in Indonesia. According to Awaluddin, the initial idea of ​​developing the concept was so that the company he led could help the government grow the national tourism industry.

"President Jokowi himself has launched the tourism industry as the country's new core economy, with assistance from other sectors. For that we want to make Banyuwangi Airport a pilot of this General Aviation project.

In terms of terminology General Aviation means the use of airports for any needs relating to the aerospace sector, except the military. If translated, General Aviation is a general aviation service that covers various types of commercial and non-commercial activities, including private flights, flight training, air ambulances, air fire blackouts, air rentals, remote flights, and gliding. The types of aircraft used in General Aviation include experimental aircraft, sport aircraft, and very light jets that are not used by airlines.

AP II Director of Engineering & Operation Djoko Murjatmodjo added, his company was very ready to make General Aviation a new attraction for tourists.

"In addition to Banyuwangi, there are several airports managed by AP II that are very suitable for use in General Aviation. Like in Silangit, if there are tourists who have short time but want to see the beauty of Lake Toba and Samosir Island, they can fly with small planes there and then return to the airport. Even so, Tanjung Pinang, Aceh and Nias airports. "There are requests like this that encourage us to increase airport utilization to support tourism," Djoko said.

In the last two years, according to him, AP II has invested Rp250 billion to increase runway capacity to be able to serve large-body aircraft flights. In the near future, the company will add an investment of Rp300 billion for terminal development.

"We want Banyuwangi to be a special airport for tourism. The plan will be more complete if there is a tourist attraction from General Aviation, "he explained.