PT Angkasa Pura I has built facilities at Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) as a substitute for Adisucipto Airport which can generate tourism in Borobudur.

According to the Managing Director of Angkasa Pura I, Faik Fahmi, YIA Airport, which replaces Adi Sucipto Airport, can be used as a showcase for the beauty of tourist destinations in Yogyakarta and its surroundings, especially Borobudur.

“YIA Airport has a runway of 3,250 km long which can accommodate the largest aircraft such as the Airbus 380 or Boeing 747 and 777, which has the potential to attract a lot of foreign tourists. “He has also prepared a gallery in the YIA Airport complex, which can display the works of artists such as paintings, batik, sculptures and other works of art,” he said.

He added, besides that, in the future his party will prepare a special place at the airport for superior

Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) entrepreneurs. This special place will be the largest storefront for MSMEs products compared to other airports. This place will complement YIA Airport, which has three-floor passenger terminal facilities covering an area of ​​219,000 square meters, and a capacity of 20 million passengers per year.

“The COVID pandemic has had a huge impact on Angkasa Pura I, for that we want to get up soon by helping to promote tourist destinations in Yogyakarta through the use of existing facilities at YIA Airport. Hopefully this can be an attraction and provide interesting information for tourists who are at the airport,” he explained.

In an effort to recover the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi also encouraged the role of Yogyakarta International Airport in Kulonprogo to help attract tourists. Moreover, in this area there is Borobudur Temple which has been designated as a priority tourist destination by the government.

“Yogyakarta has infrastructure capital and cultural wealth that is qualified as an attraction for tourists (domestic and foreign). It is just how we think again about how to make an effort to restore economic and tourism activities in Yogyakarta,” Budi Karya concluded.

These efforts, said Minister Budi, could take the form of a specific format in a unique and original marketing activity, so as to attract the wider community to visit Yogyakarta and its surroundings. [ special]