The Indonesian Ministry of Communications is reported to be seriously studying the creation of two new international airports for Jakarta and Bali while, at the same time, optimizing the use of the existing airports in those two destinations.
The plan was announced by the Vice-Minister of Transportation, Bambang Susantono, at a seminar examining opportunities and challenges for the Indonesian economy in 2011 held in Jakarta on Saturday, January 8, 2011.
Said Susantono: "The study that is most advanced at the moment is for multiple airports or one city served by several airports. For example, in New York there are three airports. Well, that's what we want to develop in Jakarta, possibly using the existing (two) airports in the city." He revealed that the government was also reviewing the creation of another international airport in Bali while, at the same time, seeking to optimize the use of the existing facility – the Ngurah Rai International Airport.
He said no final decision had been made on where to build a second airport for Bali.
The current proposals under government review are based on a public-private partnership (PPP) model in which private enterprise would help build and operate new airports.
The latest resurfacing of the idea of a second airport for Bali, made during the Jakarta seminar, immediately featured as front page news in the Bali Post, rekindling popular long-standing speculation in support a new airport in Bali's north at Buleleng.
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