Antara News is reporting that Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry has said that the 27 new airports built by President Jokowi’s administration, have helped improve connectivity in the outermost, remote, disadvantaged and border areas (3TP) of the country.

“The development of air transportation infrastructure in Indonesia has made significant progress, the main achievement, among others, is the construction of 27 new airports,” the ministry’s director general of air transportation, M. Kristi Endah Murni, said in a statement issued on Thursday (9/5/24.)

Murni said that under President Widodo’s leadership from 2014 to 2024, Indonesia has achieved many air transportation infrastructure development goals aimed at improving connectivity and services to the community, especially in 3TP regions.

“This has increased the accessibility and mobility of local communities and encouraged economic growth in areas that were previously difficult to reach,” she said, adding that out of the 27 airports, Sobaham Airport is under construction and will be completed by the end of this year, reports Antara News.

In addition to the new airports, the government has carried out the rehabilitation and development of existing airports with the goal of improving service standards and flight safety. At least 64 airports have been rejuvenated with new facilities, such as extended runways and expanded terminals, according to Antara News.

Through the construction and development of air transportation infrastructure, Murni said the government aims to encourage economic growth in marginalized areas, to “create new investment opportunities, drive the tourism sector, and expand the market for local products,” she explained.

Airports can also support access to health, education, and other social services in remote areas, which can improve people’s living standards and reduce inequalities between regions, she said.

Source: Antara News

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