12th April 2015
“We are now approaching the local people to procure some 500 meters of land …”
Manokwari (ANTARA News) – The local government of Manokwari District, West Papua, is prioritizing the completion of the runway extension project of Manokwaris Rendani Airport this year to accommodate larger airplanes such as Boeing 800-series.
“We are now approaching the local people to procure some 500 meters of land in the western part of the airport in order to extend its runway,” Manokwari District Head Bastian Salabai said here on Sunday.
He said that Manokwari was the provincial capital of West Papua and its airport should be able to accommodate larger planes. Therefore the runway of Rendani aiport should be extended by about 500 meters.
“Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan when visiting Manokwari recently agreed to the extension of the airports runway by 500 meters,” the district head said.
The funds for the project will be taken from the state budget allocated by the transportation ministry, he said.
Salabai did not reveal the amount of funds needed to develop the runway extension project but he hoped it would be finished by December 2015.