On Thursday, October 20, 2011, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono officially inaugurated the new Lombok International Airport (BIL), located in the village of Tanak Awu, Central Lombok.
Kompas.com reports that President Yudhoyono issued commands at the opening ceremony for the urgent completion of a Bypass highways leading to the airport and for the runway to be lengthened from its current 2,750 meters to 3,000 meters.
The new airport, on Bali’s near neighbor of Lombok, was built with funding from national, provincial and regional budgets. To improve the “greenness” of new airport, the President has donated 10,000 seedling trees to be planted at the facility, which covers a total area of 551 hectares.
The President reminded the Minister of Transportation, EE Mangindaan, and the Minister of Public Works, Joko Kirmanto - both of who attended the opening, to urgently complete a 21 kilometer road leading to the BIL and the lighting that will illuminate the roadway.
No Impediment to Lengthening Runway
When reporters asked the Minister of Transportation how long it would take to lengthen the runway, he confirmed that the governor of West Nusa Tenggara province, Zainul Majdi, has confirmed the availability of the land needed for the runway extension.
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