Garuda Plans To Develops Aviation Hub In Bintan

By Jeremy Torr
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
February 17, 2014
Credit: Airbus

In a development that could possibly upset the balance of established maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) players in Southeast Asia, Singapore-based developer Gallant Venture and Indonesian flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia have signed a memorandum of understanding to turn Bintan Airport in Indonesia into a major aviation hub.

The agreement calls for the current airport, which has a single 2,250-meter (7,380-ft.) runway, to undergo a $300 million development upgrade that includes adding a widebody facility, two 3,600-meter runways, extensive MRO capabilities as well as support and training facilities. Situated a few miles from Singapore's east coast, it is close to Singapore's Changi Airport, and Lion Air's new hub on Batam Island also is in Indonesia.

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