Published on : Wednesday, August 9, 2017
In coming September, Angkasa Pura (AP) II, a state enterprise of the Indonesian Department of Transport (airport operator) is listed to conclude revamping works of Silangit Airport based in North Sumatra to receive overseas flights. This new airport will enhance tourist arrivals and act as a major promotional platform for Lake Toba as a prime destination.
Extension of the runaway to 2,650 meters from earlier length of 2,400 meters, the development of apron capacity and the airport terminal with a total investment of Rp 369 billion (S$37.8 million) were some of the new things done in the renovation process.
Two Boeing 737-500 planes and four Boeing 737-900 ER planes can now adjust in the newly renovated apron. On the other hand, the renovated terminal can now accommodate 1 million passengers annually from an earlier figure of 36,500 passengers.
“The renovation of Silangit Airport will help increase air connectivity to support economic and tourism growth at Lake Toba,” AP II president director Muhammad Awaluddin said in an official statement.
Silangit Airport will be an international airport with customs, immigration and quarantine offices respectively.
Awaluddin said that Garuda Indonesia and other private carriers like Sriwijaya Air and Lion Air Group have confirmed flying to international destinations from the airport probably to Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, to attract tourists, in particular from China.
In the first half of 2017, number of passengers flying to and from Silangit grew threefold to 124,071 passengers in comparison to the same period 2016.