Indonesia plans 14 new airports

Indonesia plans 14 new airports

The Indonesian government has laid out an ambitious infrastructure programme which includes the construction of 14 new airports starting next year.

This will include an increase in capital expenditure of 28 percent next year as the government aims to build more bridges, roads, ports and airports to boost growth in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said.

He has promised to double spending on infrastructure to $140 billion during his second and final five-year term to deliver average growth of 6.6 percent.

Minister of Transportation Freddy Numberi has offered the private sector an opportunity to develop the 14 new airports.

The new airports will mostly be built in the eastern parts of Indonesia, including West Nusa Tenggara and Bali. “In West Nusa Tenggara it is still in process.

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In Bali another airport is planned to reduce over crowding at Ngurah Rai airport.

According to a Jakarta Post, transport minister Freddy Numberi said that the new developments would include a hub for West Nusa Tenggara, as well as the second Bali airport.

He said: “In West Nusa Tenggara it is still in process. In Bali we will build another one as the Ngurah Rai airport has already been in over capacity.”

“If the private sector wants to join, just go ahead,” he added.