Saturday, 14 December 2019

Papua's Wamena Airport Lifts Overnight Parking for Airplanes



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The management of Wamena Airport in Jayawijaya, Papua Province, has lifted the ban on overnight ramp or parking for airplanes. The overnight ban was issued on Monday following rumors that a massive demonstration would take place.

    "Starting today we welcome planes staying overnight. Yesterday we had to prevent it, to anticipate threats to the airport and aircraft," Wamena Airport Chief Joko Harjani in the Jayawijaya capital, Tuesday, September 3.

    The ban was issued to anticipate vandalism that may lead to damages. Joko said that situations had returned to normal.

    "We have a normal flight situation, there are no surges in passengers. In fact, there are arrivals, according to seat capacity," he said.

    Nevertheless, security measures at the airport are still carried out with the help of TNI soldiers. "We have additional security. Twenty police officers, 14 KP3s, and around 10 Indonesian Air Force officers," he said.

    The airport is operating at normal hours as well; opening at 06:00 and closing at 16:00, local time.