TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi claims that disaster mitigations have been integrated into the principle design of the upcoming New Yogyakarta International Airport (NYIA) - also known as Kulon Progo airport - considering its location that is 400-meters from Yogyakarta’s ‘south beach’ coastline.
“A large scale tsunami is one of many elements that we have anticipated and it is why we hired experts from Japan, ITB, and UGM,” said Budi Karya in a written statement which morning.
His statement comes after he led the meeting at Adisutjipto Airport upon discussing NYIA’s construction progress. The meeting was attended by the Directorate General of Air Transports, Angkasa Pura I President Director, KAI, and the directorate general of railways.
Not only providing multi-level airport construction, Minister Budi said that the tsunami mitigation is incorporated within the airport’s structural design such as planting trees in its vicinity and structures that act as tsunami barriers.
Budi is confident that the construction of the NYIA will reopen international connectivity and boost the tourism at Yogyakarta and Central Java where it’s closely located. The airport is entering its 30 percent overall construction phase and will reach 60 percent.