Director for Airports of the Ministry of Transportation, Agus Santoso, informed the press recently that in mid- 2016 Sorong airport, called Domine Eduard Osok, will be able to receive narrow bodied planes that include Airbus 320, B 737-800 and B737-900 NG. Sorong is the springboard to the fabulous islands of Raja Ampat in West Papua, one of nature’s wonders in the Indonesian archipelago.
Although from here visitors must still continue by speedboat to Raja Ampat, nonetheless, this means there will now be more flight capacity for visitors to reach Raja Ampat.
The city of Sorong, capital of West Papua Province, is in fact a busy trading and industrial town and is entry port to many parts of Papua. For this reason Sorong is envisaged to become one of East Indonesia’s major economic hubs.
It is with this strategic aim in mind that construction is now ongoing to extend the Sorong airport runway from the present 2,060 meters by 45 meters to 2,500m x 45 meters. Aircraft parking space will also be expanded to be able to accommodate 10 planes.
At present Sorong is already served on domestic long distance flights from Jakarta and Makassar by Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air and Sriwijaya Air.
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