September 29, 2008

Indonesian President Inaugurates New Airport in Makassar

Text of report in English by influential Indonesian newspaper The Jakarta Post English-language website on 26 September

[Unattributed article: "Yudhoyono inaugurates Makassar's international airport"]

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono inaugurated Makassar's newly built Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport on Friday [26 Sep 08] and toured the futuristic shaped state facility.

The airport mostly has glass walls and is decorated with traditional South Sulawesi ornaments.

The head of state was accompanied by Transportation Minister Jusman Syafii Djamal, Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto and State Minister for State Enterprises Sofyan Djalil, state news agency Antara reported.

The airport, which was built by state airport management company PT Angkasa Pura, cost more than IDR 600 billion (USD 63.8 million). Construction began in 2005, and the airport has been fully operational since 4 August 2008.

The international airport is located around 22 km from Makassar City and is five times larger than its original size. The 52,000 square metre airport can accommodate up to 8 million passengers per year.

Hasanuddin Airport was developed into an international airport on 30 October 1994 and began serving international flights on 28 March 1995, with an opening route to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The renovated airport now has an apron measuring 78,000 square metres with 33 parking lots for various types of planes, such as Cassas, Boeing 737s, Airbus 330s and Boeing 747 Jumbo Jets.

Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport is considered the gate to eastern Indonesian cities, with an average passenger growth of 15- 30 per cent annually.

President Yudhoyono and his entourage landed at Sultan Hasanuddin Airport on Friday morning from Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. He is scheduled to return to Jakarta on Friday afternoon.

Originally published by The Jakarta Post website, Jakarta, in English 26 Sep 08.

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