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President Yudhoyono Inaugurates four airport projects
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Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono -

Skalanews - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono inaugurated four airport projects in East Kalimantan here on Monday, which he believed was a "harvest" from the last ten years of his administration.

The inauguration of the projects was done jointly with the inauguration of Terminal 2 of Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java.

"The inauguration is part of the Master Plan of the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia's Economic Development, locally called as MP3EI. This is similar to reaping a harvest from what we have worked for in the last ten years," he stated.

The inauguration ceremony was held at the arrival terminal of the new Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman (Samsul) in Sepinggan, Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, marked by the scanning of the president's palm and the signing of plaques for the 10 MP3EI projects.

The four new airport projects are the terminal of the Sepinggan International Airport, whose name has now been changed as the Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport; the Yuvai Semaring Airport in Long Bawan, Nunuka; the Long Apung Agung Airport in Malinau District; and the Data Dawai Airport in Mahakam Ulu.

East Kalimantan Governor Awang Faroek Ishak said on the occasion that the terminal of the Samsul Airport in Sepinggan had been expanded to 110 thousand square meters from formerly only 12,433 square meters and provided with 11 passenger bridges to increase the airport's capacity to accommodate 10 million passengers per year.

The cost of the terminal project was Rp2.1 trillion and had been carried out by PT Angkasa Pura I.

Meanwhile, the cost of the other three airports in the border area with Malaysia was Rp400 billion.

The governor said the development of the three airports had been prioritized because the region until now had no land access to connect with other subdistricts in the province.

The airports are also a necessity because the surrounding forest area are protected and construction of roads is not allowed.

The length of the border is 1,038 kilometers, with hundreds of villages and 15 subdistricts.

Most of the villages are isolated although they are very strategic with regard to economic development because of their frontline position. (ant/mar)