2016: Indonesia Gets a New Airport

October 18, 2016

In the Republic of Indonesia, Nop Goliat Dekai Airport was inaugurated in the part of the province of Papua that would be reorganized in 2022 as the province of Highland Papua. This airport serves the town of Dekai, which is the administrative center for Yahukimo Regency in that region of present-day Highland Papua. (A regency in Indonesia is roughly equivalent to a county in the United States.)

Joko Widodo (widely known as Jokowi), who has been president of Indonesia since 2014, officially opened Nop Goliat Dekai Airport. Other dignitaries attending that Tuesday ceremony included Jokowi’s wife Iriana, first lady of Indonesia; Rini Soemarno, minister of state owned enterprises; Budi Karya Sumadi, minister of transportation; and Lukas Enembe, governor of Papua.

Nop Goliat Dekai Airport is one of seven airports collectively linking more than 500 communities within Yahukimo Regency’s mountainous areas. The planes flying out of these airports are extensively used to transport both passengers and goods throughout the regency.

Photo Credit: Indonesian Ministry of Transportation

Additional information on aviation in Indonesia is available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aviation_in_Indonesia

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