Eight international airports could become hubs and super hubs. The airports are Soekarno-Hatta Jakarta, Ngurah Rai Bali, Kualanamu Medan, Yogyakarta, Balikpapan, Hassanudin Makassar, Sam Ratulangi Manado, and Juanda Surabaya.
The potential for 8 airports was revealed by President Joko Widodo when chairing a Limited Meeting on the Merger of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) in the Aviation and Tourism Sector, at Istana Merdeka Jakarta, Thursday (August 6th).
According to President, tourism and aviation are among the sectors that were hard hit by Covid-19 pandemic. However, this condition actually become a momentum for consolidation and transformation in the tourism and aviation sector through better restructuring.
These arrangements, including regarding flight routes, determining hubs and super hubs, as well as the possibility of merging aviation and tourism BUMNs so that their direction becomes more visible.
“So that the next pandemic, the economic foundation in the tourism and transportation sector will be stronger and better, and can run even faster,” President continued.
Several emphases from President Jokowi in this Limited Meeting, are: First, he assessed that airline hubs in Indonesia are too many and uneven.
"At present there are 30 international airports, is this much needed? I don't think other countries are doing this, let's see, and 9% of traffic is concentrated at only four airports," President questioned.
This means that, President said the key is in 4 airports, namely Soekarno-Hatta, Ngurah Rai, Juanda, and Kualanamu.
Second, we must firmly determine airports that have the potential to become international hubs by dividing functions according to geographic location and regional characteristics.
Third, in order for a leap in the tourism sector to manage the tourism ecosystem and its supporters, including aviation, it really must be designed with a more integrated and consolidated management from upstream to downstream.
"This has never been done. Starting from airline management, airport management, flight services connected to destination, hotel and travel management, even to the management of local products and our creative industries," President insisted. (hlz/hlz)