Angkasa Pura to Build Terminals for Private Planes
State airport operator Angkasa Pura I will cooperate with ExecuJet Aviation Group (EAG) to build general aviation (GA) terminals for private jets, VVIP and other non-regular flights at Ngurah Rai airport in Bali and Sepinggan airport in Balikpapan.
“After building the terminals in those two airports, we will build similar terminals in all airports that we run,” Tommy Soetomo, president director of Angkara Pura I, said on Thursday after signing a memorandum of cooperation with EAG.
“We hope the GA terminals’ construction will be finished before the end of next year, to coincide with APEC 2013 (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference) in Bali.”
EAG runs general aviation terminals in 25 airports in 16 countries and will be the operator for GA terminals in Indonesia.
Tommy said the luxurious GA terminals will be built in Ngurah Rai airport with a width of 1,500 square meters and with facilities including conference rooms, meeting rooms, rest rooms and passenger hotel transportation.
“We will also provide an immigration service, but passengers should pay higher for this,” Tommy said.
The growing trend of businessmen who own private jet for business purposes was the reason behind the plan. Tommy said Indonesian private jets had to be parked in Singapore because there were no facilities available in Indonesia.
“Though the Asian market for private jets is still low, we’re optimistic that the Asian market could count for up to 16 percent of total private jet sales worldwide in the next ten years.”