Supporting of Indonesia's Outermost Island Tourism, Menhub Inaugurates Letung Airport, Anambas

The Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, inaugurated the Letung Airport, Anambas Islands, kepri. Here's the details.

Supporting of Indonesia's Outermost Island Tourism, Menhub Inaugurates Letung Airport, Anambas
Letung Airport Development in Anambas Islands Regency, Kepri Province, Sunday (26/2/2017) (Bambang Priyo Jatmiko / The Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, inaugurated Letung Airport, Anambas Islands.

The presence of Letung Airport is expected to boost the economy and tourism potential in one of Indonesia's outer islands, which has been designated as a National Marine Tourism Area.

"Anambas Islands is a very beautiful tourist destination, with the existence of Letung Airport, can support these potentials by bringing in many foreign and local tourists," Budi said, in his written statement, Tuesday (10/15/2019). 

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Budi added, the construction of Letung Airport is a tangible manifestation of the presence of the government in realizing connectivity and also the development of Indonesia's centric infrastructure. 

"President Joko Widodo always reminded me to realize about connectivity, especially for Indonesia's outer regions. Anambas Islands is located in the north of Indonesia, whose territory is 96 percent ocean. With the existence of Letung Airport, this is a tangible manifestation of the government for the people in development that is Indonesia's centric, "Budi said. 

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In the future, Letung Airport is planned to continue to develop. 

"In 2021, it will be planned for development. The runway will be extended to 1,600 meters so that all the types of ATR aircraft can land on Anambas," he said. 

Letung Airport, located on Jemaja Island, East Jemaja District, Anambas Islands Regency, was built in 2014 and began operating in 2016, with a total investment of around IDR 200 billion using the state budget (APBN).

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Anambas Airport has a runway length of 1,400 x 30 meters, so it can be landed by the ATR 72 aircraft, taxiway 125 x 15 meters and apron 125 x 70 meters. From the terminal side, Letung Airport has a terminal area of 600 square meters, an administration building of 120 square meters and a VIP building of 100 square meters. 

This airport is one of 15 new airports that built by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Transportation, in period of 2015-2019.

At present, Wings Air has served commercial flights to Letung Airport, from Batam (4x a week) and from Tanjung Pinang (1x a week).

Also present, the Deputy Regent of Anambas Islands, Wan Zuhendra, Director General of Polana Air Transportation, Banguningsih Pramesti, and the Airport Director, Pramintohadi. (*) 

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