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Angkasa Pura II Aim for the Management of 16 Airports in Africa

20 Aug 2019

Author : Rio Sandy

Editor : Hendra Wibawa, JAKARTA - PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) is aiming at 16 airports in the African continent related to airport management and construction projects.

Managing Director of Angkasa Pura (AP) II Muhammad Awaluddin explained as an initial stage the company had identified seven potential airports for airport management programs namely in South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco, and Algeria.

Meanwhile, for construction projects there are nine airports that are considered potential, namely in Egypt, Ethiopia, Angola, Tanzania, Sudan, South Africa, Rwanda, Burkina Faso and Zambia.

"We want to share experiences in managing and developing airports to countries in Africa," Awaluddin said, Tuesday (8/20/2019).

In the capacity building program, AP II will assist African countries to improve their capabilities, knowledge, equipment utilization, and other resources in airport management.

Meanwhile, involvement in the construction of airports on the land side (land side) and the air side (air side) to support the aeronautics and non-aeronautics business will be focused on construction project investments.

He considered the airport sector in the Black Continent was developing by being able to open jobs for 7 million people. Meanwhile, based on data from the Center for Aviation (CAPA), the investment value for the new airport there reaches an average of US $ 25 billion.

AP II participated in the Indonesia - Africa Infrastructure Dialogue forum which took place in Bali on August 20-21, 2019. This forum aims to strengthen relations between Indonesia and 53 African countries in various fields including infrastructure.

The forum is considered an appropriate venue to explore business opportunities in new markets. AP II as an airport manager has advantages that are summarized into 3E, namely Experience, Expertise and Expansion, so as to be able to work on the global market optimally.

In terms of experience, AP II has 35 years of experience managing airports and now oversees 16 airports in Indonesia. Last year, the number of passengers served reached 115 million people.

Related to expertise, the airport manager in Western Indonesia has made a number of innovations including in digitizing services at the airport and to travelers during pre-journey, on-journey and post-journey.

On the other hand, it also has expertise in expanding flight connectivity at airports in order to accelerate the growth of tourism and the local economy.

Then in terms of expansion, Awaluddin explained that he had successfully carried out various infrastructure developments such as the construction of Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta Airport and several new terminals at Pontianak Supadio Airport, Sultan Thaha Jambi Airport, Raja Haji Fisabilillah Airport, Tanjung Pinang, and others.

He also became the first airport operator in Indonesia by presenting a mode of public transportation that could be operated unmanned, namely the elevated train or Skytrain at Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

"We want to expand the market to other countries so that in the future they will not only excel in the domestic market, but also carry the country's name at the global level," he said.