On June 6, 2018, the new terminal was opened for public. It is the first floating terminal in Indonesia, which has an area of 58,652 square metres, nearly 10 times larger in size than the old terminal. After the new terminal was opened, the old 6,708 square metre terminal was returned to the army. The new terminal is also equipped with six jet bridges.
The new terminal is designed on an eco-friendly theme, to register the terminal for a green building certification. The project involves building a unique passenger terminal on top of a swamp, set to turn the airport into Indonesia's very first floating airport. The construction of the new terminal uses Earth-conscious materials and make use of its surrounding swamps. The new terminal mainly uses glass materials to acquire more natural lighting inside the terminal, which saves electricity. Another eco-friendly design element is the airport's "reverse osmosis" technology to provide clean water by using rain water and sea water, which is processed in a groundwater tank located underneath the airport terminal. There are also be water ponds around the airport. Besides providing raw material for osmosis, the ponds help to control water levels to prevent flooding during the rainy season. Solar cells also contribute to the airport's street lighting. The new terminal have its own interior garden, as well as its own mangrove forest.
Detik Finance – Why is it called a floating airport?
The airport is called the first floating terminal in Indonesia. However, this terminal is not positioned above water. So, why is it called a floating airport?
“The terminal is built on a marsh and in the construction process we built foundations. The purpose was to reduce the environmental impact by maintaining the brackish water source. It is categorised as a floating terminal because it is constructed above a swamp,” explained Angkasa Pura I Israwadi, Corporate Secretary.
This concept is similar to the floating mosque in Makassar. The mosque is built on a foundation on the beach, which makes it appear to be floating on the water during the tide.
On June 6, 2018, the new terminal was opened for public. It is the first floating terminal in Indonesia, which has an area of 58,652 square metres, nearly 10 times larger in size than the old terminal. After the new terminal was opened, the old 6,708 square metre terminal was returned to the army.
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