GARUT REGENCY- West Java Deputy Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum expressed his agreement if BIJB was named BJ Habibie. But according to him, he will join in any joint agreement, which is better, the name of Habibie or a local figure. Like Abdul Halim or Sunan Gunung Jati.
"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.
Uu personally claimed to have his own pride related to BJ Habibie, especially about his personal vehicle.
"My Hardtop car was a vehicle used by Pak Habibie when he was the Managing Director of IPTN. So I have my own pride," he said.
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. (Even)