Thursday, October 13, 2011

Four AIRPORTS will be added time to 24 hours of nonstop operation


PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II will add hours of operation of four airports up to 24.00 hours. The four airports are Minangkabau International Airport in Padang, the International Airport of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II in Palembang, Sultan Sharif Kasim II Airport in Pekanbaru and Supadio Airport, Pontianak.

Tri S. Sunoko, Angkasa Pura II president director, said, adding hours of airport operation carried out in line with the increasing flow of passengers and air cargo. So far this airport only operates until around 20:00 pm.

Currently there are two airports that are managed by Aangkasa Pura II which operate until 24.00 pm, the Soekarno-Hatta airport Cengkareng, Jakarta and Polonia airport in Medan. Consequently, there are a number of passengers from Jakarta or other cities that could not continue the flight to the destination city.

Looking ahead, additional hours of operation will continue until the airport can be open for 24 hours. But the Angkasa Pura II will perform in stages according to their ability and readiness of existing human resources. Therefore, the current AP II are still experiencing power shortages Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) to regulate air traffic at airports.

Angkasa Pura II data mentioned, there are currently 600 people ATC personnel at all airports managed by AP II. Being the ideal amount of ATC personnel need more 172 people. The amount that will be pursued the addition of ATC, in cooperation with Human Resources Development Agency of Transportation.

"We are targeting the needs of the ATC that was to be met in April 2012. So the four airports that we can prioritize operate for 24 hours, "said Tri.

Bambang S. Ervan, Head of Public Communication Center Ministry of Transportation, adding, starting the first semester of 2012, there are six airports are expected under AP II, which can operate 24 hours. "Looking ahead, expect all the major cities can be served aviation for 24 hours a day.

Bobby Mamahit, Head of Human Resources Development Ministry of Transportation, adding, the ability to pass the ATC is still limited. ATC graduates this year as many as 200 people ATC, but ATC requirement for all airports in Indonesia as many as 800 people per year.

"To still increase the capacity of graduates each year, one of them by adding new facilities and capacity at the school boarding the flight," said Bobby.