WEST JAVA International Airport (BIJB), Kertajati, Majalengka is being prepared to become a center for logistics activities. In addition, it is also for aircraft maintenance so that it becomes a place for embarkation and debarkation for Hajj and Umrah.

According to the Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi said, we must intensively promote what goods can be sent via BIJB and also the advantages of being more efficient in costs,” Budi said in a written statement, Sunday (1/09).

Budi encourages BIJB managers to communicate with international cargo companies. For example, he continued, from Dubai, Hong Kong, and other countries so that the movement of cargo transportation continues to increase.

“It is necessary to make a presentation to the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) to introduce BIJB to potential investors who have a number of advantages, one of which is being able to land wide body aircraft. We also need to map the investment potential around this airport,” Budi explained.

Regarding optimizing the utilization of aircraft maintenance facilities (MRO), Budi invited BIJB managers to communicate with the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), local governments, and other relevant agencies. Budi emphasized that BIJB could be used for the maintenance of government aircraft.

Meanwhile, BIJB President Director Kertajati Muhammad Singgih said that he was currently preparing the airport as an integrated area or aircraft maintenance center (AMO Center). There is still a large potential for the aircraft maintenance market because around 46 percent of Indonesian aircraft are still carrying out aircraft maintenance abroad,” said Singgih.

For this reason, Singgih requested support from the government to increase the competitiveness of aircraft maintenance. Some of the support that is expected is to centralize the aircraft fleet owned by the government (Basarnas, BNPB, and other relevant agencies) to carry out aircraft maintenance at Kertajati Airport, provide incentives in the form of exemption from import duties and exemption from take-off landing fees for aircraft that will carry out maintenance, duty support excise duty, electricity, water and other supporting facilities.

Kertajati Airport has a 4,480-square-meter cargo terminal building area. Currently, several efforts are being made to optimize cargo transportation, namely the development of an e-commerce hub (cargo village) and routine cargo flight activities by Asia Kargo. [antaranews/photo special]