Jayapura, Jubi – The Ministry of transport (MoT) plans to build three airports in Yahukimo, Jayawijaya, and Nabire, Papua.
“The development of these airports is due to the needs of pioneering flights and the MoT only accommodates it,” said the head of the Papua Provincial Transport Department, Yusuf Yambeyabdi, in Jayapura on Friday (22/01/2016).
Yambeyabdi said the provincial government through the department of transportation only supported what is planned in each regency, including the development of the airport.
He added one of the airports will be located in Wanggar in Nabire, to be financed by the central government’s budget and expected to be completed in 2018.
“We did support for the completion of Wanggar airport development, because it is one of the airports that are built by the central government,” said Yambeyabdi.
Earlier, President Joko Widodo, Wednesday (30/12/2015) asked the ministry of transportation and local governments to work together to improve services at the airport.
“Synergy is the key word in improving service to the people of Papua,” said Jokowi.
On that occasion, Jokowi did not just ask for improvement in terms of service at the airport but also the airline must pay attention on the condition of the aircraft.
“There should be no compromise on the safety of passengers and flight safety, especially going to fly in the middle of the mountainous area,” he said. (Alexander Loen)