Lombok Airport to be ready before the Mandalika MotoGP event

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Chief of Presidential Staff Moeldoko. (Photo: Biro Pers Istana)

IO – Chief of Presidential Staff Moeldoko said his party has guaranteed the completion of the Lombok International Airport (BIL) development, on time, so that it could operate before the Mandalika MotoGP event. 

He also expressed his appreciation for the development of the Lombok Airport development project in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), whose management is now under the auspices of PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero). “To welcome the MotoGP event in Indonesia, airport infrastructure should not be an obstacle, because the development of this airport is targeted to be fully done before the MotoGP. We will oversee the timeline and completion target. Hopefully, later, after being ready to operate, this airport can be inaugurated by the President,” he said while reviewing the Lombok Airport development project, Monday (7/6/2021). 

The airport development is a National Strategic Project (PSN). The Presidential Staff Office carried out routine monitoring, evaluation, and verification in October 2020. Following Presidential Regulation No. 109 of 2020, the project was supported not only for the good name of PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) but for the good name of the country. “The airport is Indonesia’s main gateway in welcoming foreign tourists,” he explained. 

Moeldoko, who was accompanied by Deputy I Chief of Presidential Staff Febry Calvin Tetelepta, also said that the Presidential Staff Office had coordinated with Angkasa Pura I and the Ministry of PUPR regarding the Lombok Mandalika International Airport bypass road. 

Febry Calvin Tetelepta said that the development of Lombok International Airport is not only to support the implementation of Superbike and MotoGP but also to support economic activities and community mobility. 

According to Angkasa Pura I President Director Faik Fahmi, the airport development is to fully support the Mandalika Special Economic Zone (SEZ) which is the location for Superbike and MotoGP as well as Lombok and NTB tourism development in general. 

With this development, the terminal capacity of Lombok International Airport will be double the current one, from 3.25 million passengers per year to 7 million. 

The Lombok International Airport development project is projected to cost around IDR 1 trillion in investment. In addition to expanding the terminal and its supporting facilities and renovating the existing terminal, airport development is carried out by extending and increasing the carrying capacity of the runway, expanding the west side apron, developing cargo facilities, as well as expanding the passenger parking area and arranging a waving gallery. 

The Lombok International Airport runway is currently being expanded from 2,750 meters to 3,300 meters and its carrying capacity is being increased so that it can support the operations of wide-body aircraft such as the Boeing 777 and MotoGP logistics cargo aircraft. 

The west side apron expansion project will increase aircraft parking capacity from the current 18 narrow-body aircraft and 4 widebody aircraft to 18 narrow-body aircraft and 6 wide-body aircraft. 

In the development of cargo facilities, the cargo terminal yard will be expanded and an access road to a separate bypass road will be built with public road access to the passenger terminal. “This will support cargo transportation from the airport to the Mandalika MotoGP Circuit and vice versa,” he said. 

General Manager of Lombok Airport Nugroho Jati added that the access road will support the speed of cargo transportation from the airport to the Mandalika MotoGP Circuit and vice versa. (eka)