(MEDIAINDONESIA), MAJALENGKA, – The central government in this case the Ministry of Transportation is encouraged to maximize the potential of the West Java International Airport (BIJB) Kertajati, Majalengka Regency. As a new airport, BIJB Kertajati already has domestic and international flight service facilities.
Member of the House of Representatives Commission V, Bambang Haryo Soekartono, emphasized this after visiting Kertajati Airport yesterday. During his visit, Bambang was welcomed by PT BIJB Virda Dimas Ekaputra and Chief of Operations Citilink Capt Arry Kalzaman Sudarmadji.
Since the inauguration of President Joko Widodo in May 2018, this airport has not served many routes in Indonesia directly. Still Citilink, as a subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, since its first operation in Lebaran 2018 season just serve the route Kertajati -Surabaya and vice versa every day.
As for services to regions such as Bali, Pontianak and Balikpapan, they still have to transit at Djuanda Airport in Surabaya. “The load factor is only around 60%. Only I think this is still lacking at this Kertajati Airport. How is it that the airlines want keep flying here. Because the passengers themselves actually feel the service here is good and satisfying, “said Bambang.
To note, Kertajati Airport has also been integrated with ground transportation that accommodates passengers from Bandung and Cirebon using DAMRI. Accessibility through the Cikopo-Palimanan Toll Road (Cipali). The service is also an effort to maximize potential catchment area targeting Cirebon Raya, Bandung Raya, and Bogor, Depok, Karawang, and Purwakarta.
Meanwhile, Managing Director of PT BIJB Virda Dimas Ekaputra added several airlines such as Lion Air has declared interest and ready to operate in mid-August 2018. The route that is served by Lion Air is Surabaya and Denpasar.
Kertajati Airport with a terminal area of 96,000 square meters can accommodate 5.6 million passengers a year. “With this capacity we certainly want to maximize the potential,” concluded Virda.