MAJALENGKA - Deputy Governor of West Java Uu Ruzhanul Ulum expressed his hopes to PT West Java International Airport (BIJB), which is currently 4 years old.
After the first flight was carried out in May 2018, BIJB is expected to intensely carry out promotions so that it is better known to the wider community and wants to use BIJB services to travel. The management of PT BIJB must also cooperate with various parties.
"The hope is that more and more exists, promotion must be more vigorous in order to be more popular and trusted by the public," said Uu Deputy Governor when attending the 4th anniversary celebration of BIJB in the BIJB terminal area on Saturday (11/24/18).
BIJB as a BUMD whose 99% shares are owned by the West Java Provincial Government are also expected to immediately add new flight routes, both domestic and international along with their airlines. Currently BIJB has only 5 flight routes, namely Kertajati - Surabaya, Medan, Madinah, Lampung and Semarang.
In addition, as the only airport in Indonesia owned by BUMD, the presence of BIJB is expected to be able to boost Regional Original Income (PAD).
"Hopefully BIJB can quickly make money for PAD revenues," said Uu.
Previously the West Java Provincial Government had proposed the change of airport name to the central government. Uu hopes that the name will be decided soon. The airport names proposed and have gone through the electoral process include KH Abdul Halim, Syarif Hidayatullah and Bagusrangin.
"The names are very good and have historical value, hopefully they will be decided soon," he said.
Not to forget on that occasion, the Deputy Governor of Uu also thanked the West Java Governor of the previous period Ahmad Heryawan, or who was more familiarly called Aher. According to him, Aher has a great service in the establishment and construction of the airport which will be the pride of the people of West Java and become the second largest airport after Soekarno Hatta.
"Thank you to Kang Aher for pioneering the birth of this BIJB BUMD for his struggle and services," said Uu.
At the fourth age, according to Managing Director of BIJB Virda Dimas Ekaputra, BIJB has a big challenge going forward. So that the airport is busy commercially, it will gradually add to the flight route. At the end of this year it is targeted to have 14 flight routes.
"In the near future we will add new routes, namely Balikpapan and Pontianak. We are trying to have 14 routes until the end of this year so that by 2019 there can be far more," said Virda.
BIJB runway or runway is now being extended to 3000 meters. When it reaches that number, it will be landed by wide body aircraft.
"The extension of the runway is underway and construction is completed this December and complete equipment and hopefully navigation in March 2019 can be implemented," he said.
The party announced BIJB would not only be a smart airport that would have aerocity, but in the future it would become an educational airport, supported by an aerospace corner, a library, an exhibition area and a peacock garden.
"We have a garden that has peacocks as an implementation of an airport that is open to the public," said Virda.
Inauguration of Pabukon Prak Maca
In the four-year celebration of BIJB, West Java Deputy Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum also inaugurated a reading garden named "Pabukon Prak Maca" which is on the 3rd floor of the passenger departure lounge. In this case BIJB cooperates with the Regional Library and Archives Office (Dispusipda) of West Java.
Head of Dispusipda Jabar Taufik Budi Santoso said, the Pabukon Prak Maca public library at BIJB is one of the realization programs for 100 days of the West Java Governor for the period 2018-2023. Pabukon Prak Maca comes from Sundanese. Pabukon means a closet or bookshelf, Prak Maca contains the meaning of a call to invite reading.
"The area is 4 x 4.5 square meters with a collection of 700 titles and 1000 copies. There are also magazines and newspapers and e-book facilities that can be accessed through the Tablets that we have provided," explained Taufik.
This temporary service opening hours are opened one hour before the first departure until one hour after the last departure.
"The officers came from the Regional Secretary of Majalengka Regency," he said.
Library collections can only be accessed and read in place, so it is not for borrowing out. Book change circulation is held regularly.