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Jakarta - Depati Amir Airport Terminal in Pangkalpinang, managed by PT Angkasa Pura II, was inaugurated by President Joko Widodo today, Thursday, March 14, 2019.

The Presidential plane landed at Depati Amir Airport at around 09.30 West Indonesia Time after taking off from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport.

The Head of State arrives at Depati Amir Airport using the Presidential plane, and goes straight to the location of the inauguration inscription signing in the check-in area.

President Jokowi was accompanied by First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Minister of Social Affairs Agus Gimiwang, Managing Director of PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) Muhammad Awaluddin, and Governor of Bangka Belitung Islands Erzaldi Rosman Djohan Conducted a visit and the Signing of the Opening of the Dipati Amir Airport in the Bangka Belitung Islands.

Depati Amir Airport, which is located in the Bangka Belitung Islands, currently has a capacity of 1.5 million passengers per year. This is already very representative, but passengers have reached 2 million passengers.

Due to this rapid and very good passenger growth, a new passenger terminal will be rebuilt which is located on the south side by making the airport's capacity reach 3 million passengers per year.

"It is hoped that the construction of the south side will be completed in 2020 with an additional capacity of 3 million passengers. But I have also ordered to build a north side terminal, bringing the total capacity to 5 million passengers per year," explained President Joko Widodo.

The President said that the pace of passenger and tourist growth must be anticipated by developing terminal facilities. thus the airport facilities should trigger an increase in the number of tourists to the province.

"In addition, now there are KEK (Special Economic Zone) Tanjung Gunung, KEK Tanjung Kelayang, and others will be opened again so that there will be a growth in passengers and tourists," he said.

In addition to passengers whose economic growth is also growing rapidly which is damoak from tourism, which at this time alone PAD has increased to reach 300%, "added the Head of State.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, said that as stated by the President, this is a good plan in the next 5 years to anticipate an increase in passenger rate that continues to increase.

AP II President Director Muhammad Awaluddin said the new terminal at Depati Amir Airport had been operating since 2017 and had served the people of the Bangka Belitung Islands with high service standards.

"We are grateful to President Joko Widodo for inaugurating Depati Amir Airport. Of course this inauguration is an encouragement for AP II so that services can be maintained even improved, "said Muhammad Awaluddin.

The high service standards applied at Depati Amir Airport also received recognition from the global aviation industry, where the airport was awarded the 2018 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Award held by the Airport Council International (ACI) for the category of passenger traffic under 2 million passenger movements per year namely "Best Airport by Size and Region", "Best Environment and Ambience by Size", "Best Customer Service by Size" and "Best Infrastructure and Facilitation by Size.

Depati Amir Airport Terminal began operating January 11, 2017 and has become a new icon in the city of Pangkalpinang with a modern and majestic design and prioritizing local wisdom.

The two-storey terminal with a capacity of 1.5 million passengers per year was built with an investment of Rp649.7 billion in 2012-2018.

Not stopping there, AP II is now also starting to run a phase I terminal expansion project with an investment of Rp313, 07 billion targeted to be completed in 2020.

After the terminal was expanded, the capacity increased to 3 million passengers per year, then the Garbarata became 3 garbarata.

The airport is equipped with 12 check-in counters, 3 departure gates and other supporting facilities such as executive lounge, disabled toilets, 2 self-check-in machines and prayer rooms.

In 2018 the number of passengers at Depati Amir Airport reached 2.17 million, up about 6% compared to 2017 with only 2.05 million passengers.

"After this inauguration does not mean that the development stops. We are expanding the Depati Amir Airport terminal to be able to accommodate 3 million passengers, because at this time traffic has also reached around 2 million passengers. In the future, we are optimistic that there will be more flight routes in Pangkalpinang, "Muhammad Awaluddin said.

Currently, domestic routes served by airlines at Depati Amir Airport include and from Palembang, Jakarta, Batam, Bandung, and the closest is Tanjung Pandan in Belitung.

In the near future HAS Hanandjoeddin Airport in Tanjung Pandan, Belitung, will be surrendered from the Ministry of Transportation to AP II under the Cooperation of Utilization (KSP) of State Property Assets for 30 years.

"The investment value that has been prepared for the development of HAS Hanandjoeddin Airport for the next 30 years is estimated at Rp550 billion, including the expansion of aircraft passenger terminals."

Specifically for the passenger terminal, the development will be carried out in 2019 to 2020 with an investment of around Rp 150 billion. The HAS Hanandjoeddin passenger terminal itself currently has an area of ​​3,552 square meters.

Muhammad Awaluddin said that with the KSP, the government could save more from the APBN because the investment funding for the development and operation of the airport would be sourced from AP II internal cash.

"Soon AP II will operate HAS Hanandjoeddin Airport located on Belitung Island, where we currently operate Depati Amir Airport on Bangka Island. Thus, through the two airports managed, AP II will further encourage economic growth in Bangka Belitung, "explained Muhammad Awaluddin.