Govt Ready to Take-over Undeveloped Airports

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Transportation Minister Ignatius Jonan said the government is willing and ready to take over the management of commercial airports that haven't made profits in years.

    Jonan said he will allow the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises and PT Angkasa Pura I and II (Persero) to return a number of commercial airports that have stopped developing, business-wise, to his ministry.

    Suprasetyo, director general of civil aviation, said there are three airports that can no longer be commercially developed. They are the Supadio Airport in Pontianak, Silangit Airport in North Tapanuli, and the El Tari Airport in Kupang.

    "All three continue to lose money and there seems to be no investment or improvement," he said.

    Suprasetyo asserted that his directorate general is not the one asking for these airports to be returned to the government to manage. "If [the managers] want to return them [to us], we will take them."

    If the airports' management is returned to run the government, Suprasetyo said they will implement a public service agency (BLU) scheme to allow speedy cost recoveries.

    KHAIRUL ANAM | AHMAD FIKRI (BANDUNG)