An Airport Too Far
Flights are Cancelled as Public Refuse to Use Bandung’s New Kertajati Majalengka Airport
Bandung once boasted one of Indonesia’s most centrally-located airports, only minutes away from the City Center. However, the opening of the new Kertajati Majalengka International Airport on July 1, 2019 and the closure of Bandung’s Husein Sastranegara Airport saw 56 domestic flights moved to the new airport which is a 2.5 - 3 hour drive from Bandung.
Understandably, the public is voicing sentiments expressing that they are less than thrilled with a commute to an airport that is oftentimes longer than the flight they have booked to fly by cancelling trips or seeking alternate means of transportation.
Adding to the unpopularity of Bandung’s new airport is the fact that the driving time from Bandung to Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Transport is roughly equivalent to the time required to travel to the new Airport.
Detik.com reports that transportation officials at the new Kertajati Majalengka Airport are dismissing any downturn in passengers’ loads as only temporary in nature, certain, they say, to improve over time and when the high season returns.
Recalling the old adage that “time waits for no one” domestic airlines have recently suspended a number of under-performing flights between Kertajati-Medan, Kertajati-Denpasar, and Kertajati-Pekanbaru. Meanwhile, Kertajati-Surabaya flights continue to operate.
There may be lessons for Bali to be learn from Bandung’s aviation problems in plans underway to build a new airport in a remote corner of northeast Bali that will be at least a minimum 2 hour drive from Bali’s main tourism areas.