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    PT DI Will Move to Kertajati

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    BANDUNG-PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) will relocate to the area or a region with Kertajati International Airport West Java (BIJB) Kertajati in Majalengka. This was disclosed by PT DI president director Budi Santoso after meeting with West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan (Aher) at Gedung Sate, Jl. Diponegoro No. 22, Bandung, on Thursday (08.18.16).

    "We had asked for permission (to the Governor) someday PT DI is moved from Bandung but remain in West Java, namely to Kertajati," Budi said after the meeting.

    Budi admitted that it is done under the direction of President Joko Widodo. According to him, the location of PT DI area of ??45 to 50 hectares today it is not possible for the production or the location of an aircraft factory, so Jokowi wants PT DI can move to larger locations with the hope to have impact on the progress of the national aircraft industry.

    The plan PT DI in Kertajati will occupy land with an area of ??5 or 6 times the land area of ??PT DI in Bandung. Budi also revealed this to be realized the next two or three years, because it needs to prepare various matters related to land and building office accommodation.

    "This plan is a long-term due to the air that we now do in Singapore but the production will be done also in Kertajati. We will gradually transfer from Bandung to Kertajati," said Budi.

    "But not all there (Kertajati), which is probably still a bit longer exist here (Bandung) for the production of defense equipment. Since we also will make the fighter, they can be fixed in Bandung," he added.

    Governor Ahmad Heryawan welcomed the proposal of the President's. Kertajati service has a large area coupled with its Aerocity region, so according Aher, PT DI is possible to be moved to Kertajati or a region with BIJB Kertajati.

    "I had already talked with the Managing Director BIJB, Mr. Virda. In the design department Aerocity BIJB was already at the door where (location) for PT DI," Aher said after meeting with the Managing Director of PT DI.

    BIJB Aerocity Region has a land area of up to 3600 hectares and will continue to evolve into a commercial area in the future. If the PT DI requires a land area of 5 to 6 times the size of PT DI in Bandung, this means it takes a land area of between 250 to 300 hectares.

    This will give a good impact for BIJB, as well as the aviation industry and the national aircraft industry. Both of these highly related industries will be able to support each other and grow together, as well as providing benefits to the community.

    "It will be a good collaboration, which ensures our aerospace industry including airports and the aviation industry. If this air industry could supply the airline's needs for transport between islands in Indonesia, I think this is the answer," said Aher.

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