Bawean Airport is a new airport under construction on the Indonesian island of Bawean, located in the Java Sea, approximately 150 kilometres north of Surabaya. The project will feature a single 1200m runway capable of handling 50-seat regional aircraft. Most of the local population work as labourers in neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia and it is hoped that the new airport will boost connectivity and boost labour growth for the area. Indonesia plans to inaugurate the airport on 30-Jan-2016, following the completion of construction works.
27-Jan-2016. Indonesia Transportation Minister Ignatius Jonan confirmed Bawean Airport will officially open on 30-Jan-2016.
08-Jan-2016. East Java's Head of Transportation Wahid Wahyudi stated Bawean Airport’s runway extension project is complete and will be commencing commercial services at the end of Jan-2016. Mr Wahyudi said the new 1300m by 23m runway will be able to accommodate a Cessna Grand Caravan or other similar sized aircraft. The inaugural route have yet to be confirmed.
Sep-2015. Indonesia's Transport Minister Ignatius Jonan said the government is working to commence subsidised commercial services at Bawean Airport by the end of Jan-2016. The Ministry of Transportation (MoT) will be conducting an open auction in Nov-2015 for local airlines that are interested to operate the routes. Mr Jonan said the government will work with the winning airline on the airport’s ATM system, infrastructure and other supporting facilities. Meanwhile, the Minister is pushing for a 470m runway extension as the current 930m runway can only accommodate 10-16 seat aircraft, resulting in high airfares. According to MoT, the Indonesian Government is willing to assist with funding for the land acquisition of the expansion.
Jun-2015. Bawean Airport will not be operational by the end of Jun-2015, according to Transport Minister Ignatius Jonan. East Java's Head of Transportation Wahid Wahyudi confirmed the airport completed a runway repair programme, but did not pass an audit by the Ministry of Transport. Mr Jonan stated the existing navigational equipment required further "improvements", and the runway was not "long enough" to facilitate commercial services, especially during the Eid peak season.
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