SYAMSUDIN Noor International Airport Banjarmasin in Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan is open for airlines to fly international routes.

According to the Communication & Legal Section Head of Syamsudin Noor International Airport, Aditya Putra Patria in Banjarbaru, said there are several airlines that have explored, in principle we are open to those who want to open international flights.

“Until now AirAsia, which seems quite serious, wants to open international flights with Banjarmasin direct flight routes to Malaysia. This is based on the potential of the route, which is quite potential. Because many Malaysians of Banjar descent live there,” he said.

He also mentioned that and vice versa, the people of South Kalimantan have a high interest in traveling to Malaysia which is actually the closest country to Indonesia if from the Borneo island of Borneo.

“We also talked with the people in South Kalimantan, apparently there are many who want to go on a trip to Malaysia. Especially if there are direct flights, of course the ticket prices may be more affordable than now, which must transit Jakarta,” said Adit.

However, Adit added, all decisions were returned to the airlines, which saw from all aspects as consideration whether an international route could be opened or not at Syamsudin Noor International Airport, which now has a magnificent new terminal building.

It is known that the new Syamsudin Noor International Airport terminal building was recently inaugurated by the President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on 18 December 2019.

The President hopes the existence of a large airport with an international level can be a “trigger” or trigger the economic growth of the people in South Kalimantan.

One of them is the tourism sector which needs to be improved so that more and more tourist arrivals both local and foreign come to Bumi Lambung Mangkurat, so that it automatically impacts on the growth of passengers at the airport. [antaranews]