BANDUNG-West Java International Airport (BIJB) Kertajati, Majalengka Regency will open the first international flight service on Saturday, October 13, 2018. The Kertajati - Madinah route will transport jemaah from West Java and Central Java.
"With proudly on the 13th, there will be awaited flight. Because there will be a flight (at Kertajati Airport) with an extraordinary share," said Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil in the West Java Information (JAPRI) event held at Gedung Sate , Bandung City, Tuesday 9 October 2018.
This international flight service will be a good sign for the airport that President Joko Widodo has inaugurated on May 24, 2018. West Java with the largest population in Indonesia has around 41 million Moeslims. The number of Moeslim population in West Java reaches 97 percent.
Kertajati Airport is strategically located because there in the middle of a developing area of Cirebon, Indramayu, Majalengka and Kuningan (Ciayumajakuning) has a market share of umroh is quite basic every year. Tracing the data of the Ministry of Haji and Ummrah Saudi Arabia the potential of the community to leave Umrah every year in the Ciayumajakuning area in 2015 (117,469 jemaah), 2016 (118,218 jemaah) and 2017 (140,153 jemaah).
"So Moeslims in West Java are good. Fly direct flight from Kertajati to Madinah, hopefully this can continue to add other flights in BIJB," said the man who is familiarly called Kang Emil.
Emil also invited the people of West Java want to carry out 'religious tourism' with the Kertajati airport. This airport can be an option after the increasingly crowded Soekarno-Hatta Airport serves flights to Medina, especially Umrah. "So you don't have to go to Cengkareng," Emil added.
President Director of PT BIJB Virda Dimas Ekaputra ensures the readiness of Kertajati Airport to carry out umrah flights on October 13. The three letter code 'KJT' airport plans to serve the umrah once a week with the travel agency Umrah, Dream Tour.
"Insya Allah, we are ready. Two weeks ago we did a simulation, Insya Allah, on October, 13 we will start the first international flight of Kertajati - Madinah with a transit in India," said Virda.
Kertajati Airport readiness to serve international flights has also been through several stages of verification by the Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub). Verification to see supporting facilities such as immigration, for people who want to travel abroad.
"Our terminal facilities are ready. Now, how can we optimize the airport has been operating both domestically and internationally to the public," he said.
According to Managing Director of Lion Group Captain Daniel Putut Kuncoro, Kertajati Airport could be the center of air transportation activities from West Java to the Holy Land. As the biggest airport in West Java, the potential of people want to travel abroad can be served optimally.
"On October, 13 tomorrow this is a plan came true. With various kinds of obstacles, we see Kertajati as our new spirit for the center of air transportation activities," explained Daniel. He continued, Lion Air will use Boeing 737-800 max plane with a capacity of 180 seats. Transit is done in India because long-haul flights are only for refueling purposes.
Dream Tour Vice President Muhammad Umar Bakadam said Jemaah Umrah from Ciayumajakuning and Purwokerto were dominant enough to leave the first Umrah through Kertajati Airport.
"In addition to jemaah from Cirebon, Indramayu, Majalengka and Kuningan or Ciayumajakuning, jemaah from Purwokerto will also be the first to leave umroh to the Holy Land from Kertajati Airport," he added.
Umar further said, with the Umrah flight route from Kertajati Airport to the Holy Land, this would certainly help residents in the Ciayumajakuning area and parts of Central Java to perform their worship in there.
"Usually the pilgrims from Ciayumajakuning and Central Java for go to Umrah must be ready to have traffic jam when they go to the airport. However, with the Umrah flight from Kertajati Airport is very helpful, at least it can minimize congestion when traveling from their place of residence to the airport," he said. HUMAS BIJB.
Another Umrah aviation service bureau, Fauzi Wahyu Muntoro as the President Director of PT DGI said that the public response to the Umrah flight from Kertajati Airport was quite extraordinary. The departure of air transportation to the Holy Land can more easily accommodate residents of West Java and parts of Central Java.
"Now the time is more economical both when go or bac. With this news the jemaah will certainly be more energy efficient," concluded Wahyu.