MAJALENGKA-PT West Java International Airport (BIJB) welcomes the government to encourage Kertajati Airport to become an e-commerce logistics center through cargo facilities. Kertajati Airport Cargo for domestic service providers will start operating in April 2019 by PT Angkasa Pura Kargo (APK).
As for international cargo service providers, it will open in May 2019. The international logistics turnaround service is operated by PT Jasa Angkasa Semseta (JAS).
Director of PT BIJB Muhamad Singgih said, his party is currently continuing to boost the optimization of flight services through other potential target markets in non-passenger commodities. So Kertajati Airport can be an alternative to other needs for companies engaged in the logistics sector. As the initial goal, said Singgih, Kertajati Airport is projected to be the hub of the movement of people and goods.
"That is a very good idea (Making Kertajati an e-commerce airport). Now the number of passengers is not optimal, but we as an airport that will be optimized through this e-commerce cargo base are clearly good. Because the current cargo is 4,500 square meters, this is ready and this is only the initial stage, "said Singgih, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
According to Singgih, the logistics center on the perimeter of Kertajati Airport is available on 20 hectares of land. If cargo needs continue to increase, the aerocity area which is only two kilometers from the airport can be the right choice. Because Aerocity which carries the concept of Aerotropolis as a buffer airport provides logistics hubs in an area of 400 hectares. This Aerotropolis concept of industrial activities is directly related to the activities of the airport and its industrial chain derivatives.
"The area allocated for logistics hubs is to reach more than 400 hectares. I think it's ready," he explained.
He looked positively if the airport which had been officially operated in June 2018 was projected to become a logistics center, especially in e-commerce. This is also one of the strategies for growing crowds at Kertajati Airport by increasing flight frequency. In line with this, PT BIJB continues to improve its IT system.
Singgih said, the majority of the mobility of goods movement was struggling in three provinces namely DKI Jakarta, West Java and Banten. Whereas West Java is the largest national contribution for the distribution of goods out with a 40 percent figure. "Because the aircraft does not have to be people, if it is specifically cargo, it can work too. So from the results delivered, e-commerce is the majority of goods circulation reaching the Jakarta, West Java and Banten areas so it is right when in Kertajati," he explained
Previously the Governor of West Java (Jabar) Ridwan Kamil encouraged Kertajati Airport to become an e-commerce cargo port. Emil said that there were already Asian and Singapore affinity industries that were interested in cooperating with BIJB. According to Emil the e-commarce business is predicted to continue to grow rapidly in the next five years. Emil said that e-commerce is a big business in Southeast Asia which is predicted to be in the next five years with a potential opportunity of 80 billion US dollars or around Rp.1,000 trillion. Kertajati Airport, said Emil, was chosen because the cargo e-commarce at Soekarno Hatta Airport was considered overloaded.