A Talk with Handy Heryudhitiawan, VP Corporate Secretary for Angkasa Pura Airports
Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport has accumulated numerous awards for design and quality service, one in 2017 as the world's 3rd best airport. Do you see Ngurah Rai as a model for future Indonesian airport facilities?
Bali today has the most successful airport in Indonesia and it is seen as an excellent model for future airports not only in the country but other airports worldwide. In 2018, the airport accommodated 23.7 million passengers. Given the need to provide quick, efficient and seamless service to passengers, automation plays a big role in this challenge.
Looking back, is there anything your organization would have done differently in the design of Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport?
We think that the outcome is as we wanted although at the same time we should not entirely rely on our past achievements and always strive to maintain or advance our status and reputation as well of course as constantly improving our service for passengers;
The terminal design concept adopts Balinese traditional culture and modern building styles and also follows the standard of green buildings. By highlighting local wisdom and culture, airports in Indonesia, like Bali airport, can provide a distinctive and authentic Indonesian feel, which enhances the airport's image, not only as a transportation facility but as an aesthetic gateway to Indonesia.
A few months back media reported on the idea that there has been consideration for building a floating airport in the sea north of Bali. Is this a real possibility?
Angkasa Pura I will always support our government’s programs and ideas in improving air connectivity. Bali airport is expected to reach its maximum capacity by 2026, thus we must lay out an airport development master plan as the extension of the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport moving forward;
Our team is currently preparing a feasibility study on the construction of the floating airport in the North Bali, under the supervision of the Ministry of Transportation. Since the provincial government wants to promote the northern part of the island, building an airport there makes sense.
It seems Lombok and Labuan Bajo are two new destinations that will attract oversees arrivals to East Indonesia and now with AirAsia announcing Lombok as a hub, what are the challenges for PT Angkasa Pura I in preparation for increased visitors in this tourism corridor?
For Lombok, we're going to expand airside and landside to accommodate what will be an increasing number of passengers for massive events such as MotoGP. And we need to make sure the airport will be ready to welcome large aircraft such as the B777 as Lombok airport for now seems to be limited to maximum takeoff weight (RTOW). We also need to ensure the apron's readiness for aircraft parking and of course the terminal to comfortably accommodate passengers;
Our next concern is amenities and accessibility, which is handled by our external partners. Moreover, we need to ensure the entire facility is safe from potential natural calamities. The effective way to let the public know about the safety of the airport is through a public awareness campaign through media;
Angkasa Pura I is currently participating in a tender to manage Labuan Bajo airport. There are four other consortiums that are participating in the tender. Once appointed, we will proceed with the plan to invest in the development of LBJ airport.
Indonesia is making a solid effort in conservation; is PT Angkasa Pura I in stride doing its part with energy efficiency?
Yes, we are committed to implementing cost-effective energy efficiency and we have implemented several key supporting policies and programs to protect the environment, which was signed and endorsed by our President Director. Furthermore, we are carrying out ISO 14001 to achieve airport carbon accreditation levels 1 & 2;
In addition, we maintain our equipment regularly and undertake environmental measurements to prioritize renewable energy such as applying green procurement concepts buying necessary equipment for our buildings and facilities to make sure less production of carbon emission and noise. We also provide our employees with the necessary knowledge regarding airport carbon management through a series of training with ACI;
The Bali airport practices energy efficiency through several measures, such as skylight design, which enables circulation of fresh air throughout. We have also designed space for rainwater with the creation of ponds, which serves as water-catchment areas during heavy downpours. Our terminal is also equipped with an automatic system aimed at conserving energy.
It is said the key to making airports manageable for passengers is taking advantage of technology to facilitate how people and goods pass through them. How has PT Angkasa Pura I kept up with technology?
We have implemented Airport Operation Control Centers (AOCC) in nine airports, integrated in several operation systems including SIOPSKOM (Sistem Informasi Operasi dan Komersial) and CCTV (for supervision of people and goods), BHS, POTs (Passenger on Ticket System) and SLLAU (Air Force Traffic System).
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