Angkasa Pura I to begin development at Banjarmasin, Semarang airports

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Indonesian state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I is planning to begin development works at Banjarmasin's Syamsudin Noor and Semarang's Ahmad Yani airports, although it has not yet committed to a timetable for the completion of those projects.

At Syamsudin Noor airport, a new 77,100m² (830,000ft²) terminal will be developed, capable of handling 5 million domestic passengers annually. It will have five jetways and be able to accommodate haj pilgrimage flights when necessary, the operator says.

The cost of the project has been valued at Rp1.2 trillion ($123 million), says a spokesman for the company.

A new 40,900m² terminal will be built at Ahmad Yani airport, capable of handling 4 million passengers annually. The Rp1.1 trillion project was previously delayed by land acquisition talks with the Indonesian army.

"We must deal with other parties who might have different interests with ours," says the spokesman, adding that "it [has] not only happened at Ahmad Yani but at [Surabaya's] Juanda airport as well."

Angkasa Pura has since agreed to acquire around 87.7ha (217 acres) of land from the army, where approximately 67.6ha will be used for the airport's development. The remaining will be used for a catchment area located north of the airport's development area.

The spokesman has also not ruled out the possibility of modifying the two airport's existing terminals for a separate purpose once the new terminals have been developed.