Closed since 2021 for security reasons, Sentani-Kiwirok flights are now reopening

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Airport Kiwirok, Gunung Bintang Papua Regency, since 2021 it has not serviced flights due to security considerations. But now people in Kiwirok district can enjoy flight services again with the opening flight Sentani-Kiwirok-Sentani.

“Alhamdulillah, a pilot grant flight was carried out with the Sentani-Kiwirok route round trip on a weekly schedule using a Susi Air Caravan type,” said Nur Isnin Istiartono representing the Directorate General of Air Transport of the Ministry of Transport in a written statement quoted on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

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The reason Kiwirok Airport was closed

Flight operations at Kiwirok airport had been suspended for several months for safety and security reasons. This led some residents to flee to several districts in the Bintang Mountains, one of which was in Oksibil.

According to Monday, the re-operation of the pioneer flight from Sentani to Kiwirok was thanks to the collaboration and support of the central government, the regional government of Gunung Bintang. Papuan. “In addition to TNI, Polri, Kiwirok Airport Management Unit Office, and stakeholders other questions,” he said.

The Directorate General of Air Transport of the Ministry of Transport continues to support the continuity of flights at all airports. One of them is to open connectivity in disadvantaged, border, outermost and border (3TP) areas.

“The reopening of flights at this airport is a happy time for our brothers and sisters in Kiwirok district as they can return home safely,” Isnin said.

Before resuming flights at Kiwirok airport, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation carried out group discussions. On November 30, 2022, the issue of flight safety was discussed at UPBU Kiwirok from the perspective of air transport sustainability.

“As a result, the Sentani-Kiwirok round trip road has been opened and then there are still five roads left in December to serve the mobility of people in Kiwirok district in welcoming Christmas and New Year 2023,” Isnin said.

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