Whats left after the final consideration of GMF aserospace come into conclusion? They halt all the development and decided to move to Batam island instead. Yes the smart panelist of the Indonesia’s state owned company decided that Batam island is much more promising and supportive in any possible criteria after tossing tons of Rupiah to a rubbish bin.

Bintan island’s immense development as the premier airport with maintenance facility in Riau islands province become just another pipe dream. Funnily, the authority re-package the already cleared piece of land as Indonesia’s first private airport. It is unclear though it is set to open up on Bintan Island in Riau Islands province by the end of 2018 following the approval from the Transportation Ministry last year.

The airport will be located inside the Bintan Resorts area, close to Bintan’s Raja Haji Fisabilillah International Airport and the Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam. It is said that the airport will be used primarily to support tourism in the area. PT Bintan Aviation Investments managing director Michael BK Budy said the airport would be constructed without using state funds and would be supervised by the ministry.

Previously, the development of the Bintan International Airport, scheduled for completion in 2017, is aimed at supporting the region’s tourist industry.

According to kompas.com, the initial investment for the airport is between US$100 (S$141) and $150 million. Initially, the facility was to be developed on Bintan Island, also in the province by PT Garuda Maintenance Facility (GMF) AeroAsia, a subsidiary of PT Garuda Indonesia, will develop a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility for planes on Batam Island, Riau Islands, in cooperation with partners from Japan and the Netherlands.The project will cost US$41 million.The MRO facility is to be developed near the Hang Nadim Airport in Batam, said GMF AeroAsia president director Juliandra Nurtjahjo in Batam on Monday.

“We have so far completed 85 per cent [of the construction] for a 3-kilometer long [runway],” said Michael.

The airport is expected to serve 1 million passengers and feature a Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul centre for both domestic and foreign airlines. Indonesia need a brighter and creative minds not a corrupt bureaucrats


 

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