The construction of three national strategic projects – worth a combined Rp70 trillion is targeted to be completed before the end of 2019. These three projects are: (1) the first phase of Jakarta’s mass rapid transit (Rp16 trillion), (2) the New Yogyakarta International airport (Rp10.8 trillion), and (3) the Patimban seaport in Subang, West Java (Rp43.2 trillion).
Indonesia’s Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the Patimban seaport is expected to start operations in December 2019. The Patimban seaport is envisaged to become an international seaport with a 7.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) capacity, hence relieving busy traffic at Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok port (Indonesia’s busiest port that handles around 65 percent of the nation’s international trade). The Patimban seaport will particularly become an important port for incoming and outgoing shipments of cars. The seaport will be able to handle 600,000 vehicles per year in the first phase of the project.
Meanwhile, at the end of March 2019, the new mass rapid transit (MRT) should start commercial operations in Jakarta. Starting from 26 February there will be a testing period (in which local people are invited to participate). William Sabandar, President Director of MRT Jakarta, said completion of the first phase of the project has reached 98.58 percent.
Development of a new Rp10.8 trillion airport in Yogyakarta – called New Yogyakarta International Airport or Kulon Progo Airport – is still going on schedule. Actually construction is ahead of schedule. While initially the project was planned to be completed in July 2020, operations are now expected to start much earlier. In April, when construction is targeted to be completed for 75%, international flights will start arriving at the new airport (while domestic flights will still go through the old Adisutjipto Airport). In 2020, the new airport will also handle the domestic flights.