Jokowi Appreciates YIA Quick Development

31 Jan 2020

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KULON PROGO – Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he was quite pleased and appreciated the construction of the Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) in Kulon Progo. Jokowi said the construction of YIA was a huge project that was built in a relatively short time, which is 20 months.

"Apart from the good arrangement, YIA’s construction is also done quickly. This should be appreciated,” Jokowi said at YIA, Friday (1/31).

The President said even though the construction of YIA was completed in a short time, it was done well. "With a capacity of 20 million passengers per year, YIA must be able to receive new flights, new slots, so as to bring as many tourists as possible to Yogyakarta and surrounding areas,” Jokowi added.

Angkasa Pura Airports President Director Faik Fahmi said the YIA development is targeted to be 100 percent complete in early March 2020. "YIA will be fully operational on March 29, 2020. All flights at Adisutjipto Airport will be transferred to Kulon Progo except scheduled and non-scheduled flights using propellers as well as VIP and general aviation flights,” Faik said.

According to Faik, YIA will operate for 24 hours from 12 hours starting at 06.00 a.m.-06.00 p.m. local time. While the operating hours of Yogyakarta’s Adisutjipto International Airport will be changed from 05.00 a.m.-09.00 p.m. to 05.00 a.m.-06.00 p.m. local time. YIA will also be supported by multimodal accessibility such as toll roads and airport trains connecting directly to the airport.

The development of YIA is also taking into account the elements of local wisdom represented through various artworks displayed in the terminal area and on the land side. Apart from embellishing the airport area, the artworks serve as a medium of appreciation for the local cultural values and village communities whose land was acquired for building the Yogyakarta International Airport.

There are approximately 15 artworks spread at YIA of which five of them are named after five villages whose land was acquired for developing YIA namely Sindutan, Palihan, Kebonrejo, Jangkaran, and Glagah.

The remaining 10 artworks are the Hamemayu Hayuningrat statue at the YIA entrance, the Bedhaya Kinjeng Wesi statue at the departure terminal, the "Jogja on the Move" pop-up relief, Among the Boy statue at the terminal area, the Tetanduran statue which encase the terminal’s pillars, relief crafts on some part of the terminal’s walls, "Among Guest Trade Screen" pop-up relief, Lawang Papat attached to some terminal walls, Semar Tinandu decorates YIA signage at the airport entrance, and Bale Kambang which is gazebo located at two sides of the airport area.