SUMENEP, NETRALNEWS.COM - President Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, has requested that the runway of Trunojoyo Airport, Madura, East Java which has been extended, to extended again in order to accommodate larger aircraft.
"[The runway] must be extended again in order to receive larger aircraft," said President Jokowi during the start his visit on the island of Madura in Sumenep, Sunday (8/10/2017).
The President ordered Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi to allow Trunojoyo Airport to be used by larger aircraft.
This was conveyed by the President since Madura Island with a population of four million people has economic potential and high mobility traveling to various destinations.
According to the Deputy for Protocol, Press and Media Secretariat of President Bey Machmudin, the President praised the Ministry of Transportation which has extended the runway of Trunojoyo Airport from 1,100 meters to 1,600 meters so that ATR-class commercial airliners have been able to land since last week.
On several occasions, President Joko Widodo asked the government to focus on completing connectivity with the acceleration of infrastructure development, from roads, bridges, ports to airports.
The President again reminded of the importance of inter-island connectivity as well as within the island.
"Transport connectivity should always be developed," said President in the waiting room of Trunojoyo Airport, Sumenep regency.
Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi said the runway needs to be extended again from 1,600 meters and 30 meters wide to 2,250 meters and 45 meters wide to accommodate passenger jet aircraft.
"So that not only proppeller aircraft (propellers) that can land, but also the jet," said Budi.
To accommodate prospective passengers and passengers who come required the extensive development of the terminal.
"But the extension of this terminal can not be completed at once, but through phasing, the first stage is 800 square meters, the second stage is 1,160 square meters and the third stage is 2,139 square meters," Budi said.
The runway extension and terminal expansion will be completed by 2019.
"Everything will be completed in 2019," said Budi.