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Published on : Monday, July 17, 2017
It is estimated that the airport’s total area would be measuring between 1,300 and 1,500 hectares. Gallant Venture that is the parent company of Bintan Resort, owned by Salim Group, is believed to fund up to US$150 million for this massive project.
Abdul Wahab, general manager, PT Bintan Resort Cakrawala mentioned that they had been conducting the land preparation for this and at present they are working on the runway airport development. Apart from the airport, Sriwijaya Air’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) is also going to be build here.
The construction of the initial development phase including an airport building, MRO, a 300-meter runway is all ready to be completed by the year 2019.
The airport would be ready for its first operation the next year.
The new MRO would be accepting reparation service requests from other airlines given the fact that the number of MRO available in Indonesia is still limited. Abdul said that the completion of the first phase of the railway is expected to usher in two to three million tourists to Bintan Island.
He went on to add that the second phase of the project would be inclusive of an airport hub comprising a flight school and is expected to be completed by 2025.
And, the next stage would be the development of a second runway.
Abdul is hopeful that the new airport would ensure that 600,000 tourists would be welcomed into Indonesia. Arief Yahya who is the Tourism Minister of Indonesia said that Bintan Airport would help solve the problems related to air connectivity.