Jakarta has a new international airport. It is a former military airfield, 15 minutes drive?
GV Halim International Airport
V President's car arrives
MS President greeted by officials
MS cutaway air stewards
MS Mrs. Suharts cuts ribbon
MS, GV Suharto and wife inspect buildings
MS Suharto speaks over radio
GV tarmac and plane takes off
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Background: Jakarta has a new international airport. It is a former military airfield, 15 minutes drive from the Indonesian capital. Work has been going on for the past two years. The runway was extended to 3,000 metres and strengthened to take jumbo jets.
Halim International Airport replaces the old Kemayoran airport, build over 40 years ago. The new airport cost US$20 millions. The first VIP to use it will be Japanese Premier Tanaka when he arrives shortly on a state visit to Indonesia.
Facilities include large parking space for aircraft, an air conditioned passenger terminal and automated luggage handling. The whole complex has been developed in anticipation of greatly increased tourist traffic into Indonesia. Much of this traffic has previously gone direct to Bali the main tourist attraction in Indonesia. The government is now hoping to attract some of this business to other parts of the country, mainly in Java.
Yet another airport is now in the planning stage. It will be built on the western outskirts of Jakarta. Completion is expected by 1980.
SYNOPSIS: The new Halim International Airport at Jakarta was opened this week (January 10) by President Suharto. The former military airfield - now enlarged to take jumbo jets - lies 15 minutes from the Indonesian capital. The development cost US$20 millions. It replaces the old airport at Kemayoran built originally by the Dutch over 40 years ago.
The opening ceremony was performed by Madame Suharto. The President and his wife then toured the big air conditioned passenger terminal with its automated cargo handling section.
President Suharto gave orders over the radio telephone for the first take-off. He announced that planning work had already begun for yet another new and even bigger airport outside jakarta. It is due to be completed by 1980.