President Joko Widodo officiates Silangit International Airport

President Joko Widodo officiates Silangit International Airport


Jakarta — Silangit International Airport in North Sumatra officially became an international airport on November 24, 2017. The inauguration was conducted by President Joko Widodo. In his remark, the President asked for the runway to be expanded from 2,650 meters to 3,000 meters, so that larger airplanes carrying local and international tourists can land there. Additionally, the President wanted the extension to be completed before 2020. “The latest is in 2020, that means it could be done in 2018 or 2019. The terminal should also be expanded from 3,000 square meters to 10,000 sq. meters,” he said. The head of state arrived at the event at around 10:35 a.m. and was welcomed by State-Owned Enterprise Miniter Rini Soemarno and Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi. On the occasion, the President also visited the airport’s development project and one of the coffee shops in the waiting area. Also in the inauguration event, the President beat a traditional gondang to officiate the Silangit International Airport. “Bukka ma pittu, bukka ma harbangan. Ai nung rade lapun ni hopal habang internasional,” he said in the native language of Toba that means, “Prepare yourself to change because now there’s an international airport available.”