GARUT REGENCY- Deputy Governor of West Java Uu Ruzhanul Ulum submitted the change of name of the West Java International Airport (BIJB) Kertajati to the result of a joint agreement. Both become BJ Habibie International Airport and the names of Majalengka regional leaders, such as Abdul Halim and Sunan Gunung Jati Cirebon.
"The names of regional leaders such as Abdul Halim or Sunan Gunung Jati can be considered, please discuss them together," Uu said on the sidelines of his working visit in Garut Regency, Wednesday (18/9/19).
According to Uu, the change in name of BIJB Kertajati to BJ Habibie International Airport had consideration. First, the third president of Indonesia contributed greatly to the development of Indonesian and West Java aerospace.
BJ Habibie, said Uu, succeeded in making and flying a CN-235 aircraft in Bandung. Then, the plane was the beginning of the glory of Indonesian aviation.
"The name BJ Habibie, aside from being a form of respect and Mr Aviation of Indonesia, also has links to West Java," he said.
"The aircraft factory is in West Java, namely PT DI, he has also been the Managing Director (Managing Director). When flying a CN-235 aircraft which became the beginning of the glory of Indonesian aerospace is located in Bandung," he added.
Meanwhile, before Uu's statement, the name change first started from an online petition asking for the change of name of BIJB Kertajati to BJ Habibie Airport.
This public call was started by Ihsan Joe on one of the websites titled 'Changing the name of the BIJB Kertajati Airport to BJ Habibie Airport' addressed to the President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo and West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil.
Kertajati BIJB itself operated in May 2018. The second largest airport in Indonesia is located in Kertajati District, Majalengka Regency. In 2020, BIJB Kertajati is planned to serve Hajj and Umrah flights.