Jakarta — Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi declared that as many as 20 investors submitted a bidding proposal for the development of Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara.
He said that the majority of the 20 investors who have submitted the proposal are from overseas. This indicates a positive signal for investment climate in Indonesia.
According to him, the airport which is currently being operated by the Airport Operator Unit (UPBU) of the Directorate General for Air Transportation in the Transportation Ministry will set an example of public-private partnership (PPP) project.
The airport has an attractive quality which is said to be able to boost foreign tourist visits and increase passenger movements.
The Transportation Ministry will give an opportunity to all airport operators, both domestic and foreign, to not only develop the airport, but also make use of its surrounding area. There is a land along a coastline so the airport can be developed into a tourism destination.
In the development master plan, in 2014 the facility development stages had been decided and two years later the Tourism Ministry recognised Labuan Bajo and its surrounding area as a National Tourism Strategic Area.