Written by Kleopas Danang Bintoroyakti
Aviation infrastructure development has been extensive following the buoyant growth in the number of air passengers in Indonesia. In 2016, 95.2 million people traveled by air, of which 80.4 million were domestic passengers (+16.97% year on year) and 14.8 million were international passengers (+8.16% year on year).
Polana Pramesti, Director of Engineering of Angkasa Pura Airports (AP I) met with ACI representatives in Montreal at the end of 2017 and shared her thoughts on the importance of ensuring that uptake of environmental management initiatives grows in step with the country’s air traffic. “Airport development projects are a priority in our masterplan to accommodate surging air travel demand in Indonesia,” she said. “However, these projects must bring ecological and social benefits to the communities where our airports operate. Therefore, in order to prevent long-term environmental impact, we are committed to bringing eco-airport values into our airport development projects.”
AP I recently introduced an eco-friendly concept for the newly built Ahmad Yani International Airport (SRG) terminal in Semarang, followed by the full implementation of ISO14001 standards on environmental management for Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS). The company has also embarked on a strategy of incorporating environmental management within its corporate social responsibility programs, such as tree planting projects at all airports managed by AP I. The total number of trees planted to date has reached more than 60,000 across Indonesia.
In addition, the airport operator has been implementing the following other initiatives:
“Robust regulations, Standards and Recommended Practices, and newer technologies have effectively helped airports to boost innovation and operate in a more environmentally friendly manner,” Pramesti continued. “However, cooperation among airports and with stakeholders such as the DGCA, airlines, passengers and strategic partners are equally important to ensure effective implementation. Therefore, we established the Eco-Airport Council to strengthen cooperation with our stakeholders while mitigating the environmental impact of our operations. This Council serves as a special task force in which every member interacts and shares ideas for better solutions. The Council is a testament to our commitment to developing an integrated environmental management system.”
Indonesia is home to 270 airports across an archipelago that has a staggering 17,000 islands. Twenty-six of these airports are international and managed as airport networks (Angkasa Pura I and Angkasa Pura II). Angkasa Pura I oversees 13 airports in Central and East Indonesia which in 2016 served 84.7 million passengers (+15% year over year), 764,531 aircraft movements (+9.5% year over year) and 362,449 tonnes of cargo (+11.5% year over year).
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