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Not Only Becoming the Best Airport Operator in Indonesia, Angkasa Pura II is Ready to Go Global

27 Oct 2019 Rakyat Merdeka - When introducing the ranks of ministers in the Advanced Indonesia Cabinet, Wednesday (10/23), President Jokowi gave the task to SOE Minister Erick Thohir to encourage SOE expansion into the global market.

SOE Minister Erick Thohir also stated that SOEs are not only large in the country.

"We don't want to only be good at home, but also become global players," he said during the handover of the position of Minister of BUMN at the Ministry of BUMN.

In line with this, Angkasa Pura II (AP II) since the beginning of 2019 has launched Flagship Go Global as part of its business expansion plans and achieved its vision of being the Best Smart-Connected Airport Operator in the Region.

In the Go Global flagship, there are 3 main programs currently being implemented namely: Go International, Go Digital and Go Excellence.

AP II President Director Muhammad Awaluddin said the implementation of Flagship Go Global included managing airports abroad, strategic partnerships with world-class airport operators, and increasing employee competence to global standards.

"We are exploring markets for management and development in various countries, such as in Africa. At the moment, we are also exploring opportunities to manage airports in the ASEAN region such as Thailand, "Awaluddin explained.

Potential airports in Africa that have been and are being explored by AP II include in Mauritius, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Tanzania, and Nigeria.

Besides in Africa, AP II has also participated in the tender process for the management of Clark Airport operations in the Philippines, in 2018.

Awaluddin said, AP II is currently also looking for partners of world-class airport operators, to develop and manage one of the airports under AP II.

"At the moment we are selecting a number of potential strategic partners who already have big names in the global airport industry, to jointly with AP II develop and manage Kualanamu International Airport," Awaluddin said.

"Through cooperation with strategic partners, the development of Kualanamu Airport will be more massive and faster in making Kualanamu Airport an international airport hub in western Indonesia," he said.

Kualanamu Airport, North Sumatra (Photo: Public Relations AP II)
It is hoped that AP II's cooperation with strategic partners at Kualanamu Airport can increase international and domestic passenger traffic to 20 million passengers in the next 5 years, financing terminal expansion and airport infrastructure, as well as global alliances with other world-class airlines and airports.

Associated with improving employee competency, AP II currently has an Airport Learning Center as a candlestick crater of the talents in the airport sector.

In addition, AP II employees have the opportunity to get scholarships at domestic and foreign universities. In addition to attending various trainings held by global institutions in the world aviation industry such as the International Airport Council (ACI), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

AP II also invites all stakeholders in the aviation industry in Indonesia to work together in synergy and formulate appropriate strategies, so that national aviation sector actors can take part in the global market.

"We must run the concept of Indonesia Incoporated, we must work together so that national air transportation companies can go global," Awaluddin explained.

AP II is currently the largest airport operator in Indonesia, managing 19 airports in the country, including Soekarno-Hatta, which is one of the busiest airports in the world.

In 2020, AP II will certainly manage 20 airports with the addition of General Besar Soedirman Airport in Purbalingga, which is currently under construction.
As is known, in 2018, AP II manages 16 airports with 113 million passengers per year. [HES]