JAKARTADAILY.ID - The Ministry of SOEs held an Award Ceremony for the winner of the Kualanamu International Airport Strategic Partnership auction, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, on Tuesday which was attended by Deputy Minister of SOE II Kartika Wirjoatmodjo, Deputy President Director of InJourney Holding Edwin Hidayat, President Director of AP II Muhammad Awaluddin, Dewan Commissioner of AP II, and GMR Airports Consortium.
AP II and GMR Airports Consortium will become shareholders in the joint venture company (JVCo), namely PT Angkasa Pura Aviasi, which manages Kualanamu International Airport. AP II controls a 51% majority stake in PT Angkasa Pura Aviasi, while GMR Airports Consortium has 49%.
GMR Airports Consortium is a Strategic Investor-owned by GMR Group from India and Aéroports de Paris Group (ADP) from France, which are airport operator networks that serve the most passengers in the world. Currently, GMR Airport manages New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (Best Airport in India and Central Asia by Skytrax 2019-2021), then Hyderabad International Airport in India, Bidar Airport in India, Mactan Cebu International Airport in the Philippines, and is developing Goa International. The airport in India, Visakhapatnam International Airport in India, and Crete International Airport in Greece.
In seeking this strategic partner, AP II held a professional and transparent tender which was participated by various global companies. After going through a series of tender processes, the GMR Airports Consortium was determined as the winner of the tender.
The determination of the winner of this tender also passed an evaluation by a jury consisting of aviation industry experts, practitioners, academics, and AP II, accompanied by a notary and the Financial and Development Supervisory Agency (BPKP).
Deputy Minister of SOEs II Kartika Wirjoatmodjo said that the strategic partnership between AP II and global partners would accelerate the development and increase the competitiveness of Kualanamu International Airport in ASEAN, in line with the goal of Kualanamu International Airport to become an international hub.
“The strategic partnership between AP II and global partners can strengthen the capital structure and strengthen the application of global best practices in the management and development of Kualanamu International Airport. As for the existing assets, as well as the results of future asset development from this collaboration, AP II will fully own 100% of it.”
"The success of this collaboration is a positive signal for Indonesia's investment climate, especially in the air transportation sector. In addition, it is hoped that with the implementation of this collaboration, it can pave the way for other Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to enter Indonesia," said Deputy Minister of SOE II.
Deputy President Director of InJourney Holdings Edwin Hidayat said this strategic partnership model is one of the right strategies to encourage services in the air transportation sector which will also have an impact on tourism competitiveness.
"In the future, we will also encourage other members of Holding InJourney to also optimize assets through strategic partnerships so that business development can be carried out together with investors, and can also penetrate into other countries as global partners of business actors in the country," said Edwin Hidayat.
AP II President Director Muhammad Awaluddin said the company set a number of criteria that must be met by strategic partners at Kualanamu International Airport.
"Development at Kualanamu International Airport is focused on strengthening international connectivity and involving the private sector to realize 3E, namely Expansion the traffic, Expertise sharing, and Equity partnership. Aviation traffic will increase, then there will be a transfer of technology and expertise, as well as a share of capital at Kualanamu International Airport.”
"We have criteria that must be met by strategic partners, including having experience and a network of both airports and airlines so that Kualanamu International Airport will later become part of the network and synergize in developing routes and services for airlines, passengers and cargo," explained Muhammad Awaluddin,
Muhammad Awaludin added that GMR had also conveyed its plan to develop Kualanamu International Airport, by targeting up to 54 million passengers in the 25th year of the partnership, or equivalent to the current Soekarno Hatta airport.