TruePapua.com – President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has inaugurated Wamena Airport on the 31st of December during his working visit to Papua. While the airport wasn’t entirely brand new, its new face is undoubtedly fresher-looking.
Another airport that was inaugurated was Kaimana Airport in West Papua. President Jokowi also made the time to visit the Domine Eduard Osok Airport in Sorong before finally returning to Jakarta.
The government’s focus in building Papua, which includes construction of railways and highways, is the realization of the 9 main programs of the Jokowi-JK government for 2014-2019, the third point of which is the government’s goal to develop Indonesia from the periphery and strengthening the regions and villages within the framework of the Unitary State.
Related to Wamena, the airport plays a vital role in the capital of Jayawijaya district. Not only is it a place where people can travel to and from Jayapura, it is also a gateway allowing the entry of essential goods to the Papuan mountain communities.
Currently, Wamena airport serves flights to 11 districts in the central mountains with a total of 150-180 flights per day, which includes the main Wamena-Jayapura route.
As the only airport serving flights to the aforementioned provinces, it is not allowed to rest. Bad weather preventing the landing of flights can have direct implications for the economy of the mountain communities.
This is why there is frequent news about the high prices of daily necessities in the central mountain regions whenever air transportation through Wamena is disrupted.
With the new design resembling a Honai traditional house, it is hoped that the new Wamena Airport can improve the comfort of travelers to the region. The new airport terminal is 4.000 m2 with a capacity of 228 passengers. A few facilities such as waiting rooms and immigration gates have been made as opulent as possible in order to compete with airports in other cities.
Congratulations to the people of Wamena. Hopefully the airport will continue to be well-maintained.