Jayapura, 16/4 (Jubi) – International flights to and from Papua will be soon realized after the Provincial Government decided to designate Frans Kaisepo Airport in Biak Numfor Regency and Sentani Airport in Jayapura Regency as international airports.
The Head of Transportation Department of Province Papua, Yusuf Yambeyabdi said the Sentani Airport is listed as one of 10 national airports that are ready to get an international status.
The Transportation Department is still conducting an academic assessment on the Frans Kaisepo Airport while paperwork is being prepared for Sentani. Yusuf said his office has endorsed Frans Kaisepo to be an international airport.
“My secretary is currently in Biak taking the required documents from Angkasapura for our further assistance. I have also met the representative of Air Transportation Department, I hope the Frans Kaisepo Airport could be included together with the Sentani Airport,” he said.
A tourism observer, Mian Simanjuntak welcomed the news, saying such a move could improve the tourism and economy of Papua.
“It’s really a good news for the tourism practitioners in Papua, because it would motivate the entire sections of tourism in Papua to give their contributions to the development in Papua,” he told to tabloidjubi.com by phone. (Jubi/Albert/rom)