It’s seems that Indonesia regencies will see a boost in tourism next year. Earlier this week, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo along with Minister of Transportation, Ignasius Jonan, inaugurated a new terminal at Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai regency, as well as new terminals in Wamena Airport and Kaimana Airport in Jayawijaya, Papua.
The spacious new terminal in Komodo Airport boasts a 2,250 meters long and 45 meters wide runway. The airport aims to increase the capacity of passengers per year from 150,000 to 1.5 million figure, as well as to attract more tourists to discover and enjoy the underwater beauty on the island, such as Pink Beach and Lake Kelimutu along with the remarkable Komodo National Park.
Over the past years, Labuan Bajo has welcomed around 50,000 people a year who mostly visited the island to look at the endangered Komodo dragons.
Meanwhile, the new terminal at Wamena Airport gets a urban revamp with modern facilities, which can accommodate up to 200 passengers with 2.175 metres runway. It is also suitable to shelter larger aircrafts like the Boeing 737. For Kaimana Airport itself, which took three years to complete, exhibits similar modern features that can accommodate up to 102 passengers.
Being the largest highlands in Papua province, Wamena is blessed with many natural sites to explore, however Baliem Valley remains as the tourist’s favourite. The site is renowned by many nature-enthusiasts as the perfect spot to go off trekking, especially since you can travel to the exotic Lani, Dani and Yali tribal lands while exploring other tropical beauty.