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vrijdag 21 april 2017

Indonesië: Airport Expansions Needed to Cater to More Tourists

Airport Expansions Needed to Cater to More Tourists

Significant airport expansions are needed to cater to the 15 million foreign tourists expected to visit the country this year, a state minister said recently. Indonesia has few direct flights to and from China, and none from India, though tourists from both countries visit the archipelago in masse each year. "The demand is huge. Every domestic and international airline I spoke to wants to add direct flights to Bali and Jakarta, but instead they are put on the waiting list," Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said last week. Arief said that existing airports can expand capacity by better managing air traffic.

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Java-Sumatra Undersea Power Transmission Project Revived for 2021

The government has revived a plan to install a high-voltage undersea power transmission cable between Java and Sumatra — slated to begin development in 2021 — to distribute excess power between the two islands.  A version of the project first emerged in 2013, when government planners saw a need to distribute excess power from Sumatra to Java to ensure adequate electricity in both islands. Since then, dozens of power plants have been developed in Java, while similar projects in neighboring Sumatra have stalled, leading to power shortages there.

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Economy Will Grow if Capital is Relocated Outside Java: Minister

Minister of National Development Planning/Head of the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) Bambang Brodjonegoro said Indonesia's economy can grow if the center of the government and the capital is relocated outside Java. He also said the move can be a solution to reduce Jakarta's burden that has so far become the center of government, business and finance. "We want to diversify centers of growth outside Java.

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