TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said Papua's Wamena Airport will resume operations for commercial flights next week. The airport had ceased operations following the anarchist demonstration on September 23, 2019.
Budi Karya promised that Wamena Airport will operate normally for commercial flights in less than a week.
"I think it's safe. I received information from the Chief of Police and the Commander in Chief that it was relatively safe there," he said in Jakarta, Sunday, October 13, after a coordination meeting with the district heads of West Papua and Papua Province, where they discussed transportation projects for both provinces.
The ministry has also conducted an evaluation on the condition of Wamena Airport. As of now, Budi said, the airport has operated several regular flights even though it has not been declared effective.
Wamena Airport was temporarily closed since the riots on September 23. The closure was carried out to avoid unexpected events and to control flight operations.