Indonesia's First Privately Run Airport to Be Built in Riau Islands Province

10 Feb 2015 22:46:01

From Jakarta to Jambi and Pontianak to Pangkalpinang, Indonesian cities have experienced tremendous growth in recent years. Unfortunately the airports of these and other cities in the archipelago have been slow to keep up with demand, and are now suffering from overcapacity.

This is not just due to local demand. The introduction of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Open Skies policy is certain to trigger more passenger traffic within the region. This issue must be addressed as airports not only serve to move people, but also contribute to growth.

An example is New Zealand's Auckland Airport, which served 14 million passengers in 2013 and contributed close to $15 billion, or 19 percent of the country's gross domestic product.

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