BANDUNG - Besides being a commercial airport, the departure of Hajj and Umrah, West Java International Airport (BIJB) in Kertajati in Majalengka will also be used as an e-commerce Cargo Airport. 50 percent of cargo at Soekarno Hatta Airport will move to Kertajati.
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said that he had held a meeting with the Southeast Asian aviation industry players some time ago in Singapore regarding this matter.
"So they are interested in making Kertajati an e-commerce cargo airport," he said, Monday (03/18/19) in Bandung.
According to Emil, the governor's greeting, e-commerce or electronic commerce is now a big business. It is predicted that within 5 years the value of e-commerce businesses in Southeast Asia will reach US 80 Billion or around Rp. 1000 Trillion. Kertajati Airport will take a percentage of that value. For this reason, 50 percent of e-commerce cargo at Soekarno Hatta Airport will move to Kertajati which is considered inadequate.
"This year it will begin to move 50 percent of cargo operations at Soetta Airport to Kertajati because it is currently inadequate. So Kertajati will take a percentage of US 80 Billion by building sophisticated warehouses," Emil explained.
To realize this, the company has prepared 20 hectares of land in the Kertajati Airport area.
"For the construction, 20 hectares of land have been prepared," he said.
Later PT BIJB will work with PT Jasa Angkasa Semesta Tbk, which has been granted concessions to manage cargo at Kertajati Airport. In addition, PT BIJB also cooperates with PT Pos (Persero) which will send cargo goods to the destination.
"So the cooperation of 3 parties will be, namely PT BIJB, PT JAS and PT Pos. PT JAS which regulates the loading by plane until the Bandar will send the houses to PT Pos," explained Emil.
Besides being an e-commerce cargo airport, Kertajati Airport will still serve general flights including hajj and umrah. Emil predicts that within 5 to 15 years Kertajati will become the busiest airport in Indonesia.
"The results of the research, called the Airport, are 10 years old, there are 5 years or 15 years, so don't worry Kertajati is still like this because it takes time and strategy. I'm sure Kertajati will become the busiest airport," he said.