International Airport in Kertajati or Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB), Java, Indonesia

Residents of ten villages have been forcibly evicted from their homes for Kertajati Airport ( knowing as a Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat -BIJB-)near the northern coast of West Java, Indonesia.


According to Global Anti-aerotropolis Movement (GAAM) : Plans for a major airport in Majalengka, on an enormous 5,000 hectare site in a predominantly rural administrative area in the West Java province, first surfaced in 2004. Kertajati International Airport is located around 68 kilometers east of Bandung (A touristic area). The intervening twelve years have been marked by vigorous resistance against displacement for the project, now named Kertajati Airport and also referred to as Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB)[5,6,7].

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Basic Data
NameInternational Airport in Kertajati or Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB), Java, Indonesia
SiteKertajati, Sukamulya village Majalengka
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Ports and airport projects
Specific CommoditiesLand
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe Airport will have the capacity of up to 24 million passengers annually. It is being constructed to complement and eventually replace Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Bandung and also serve Cirebon and parts of West and Central Java [4].

The project consists of 1,800 hectares and will be equipped with an Aerotropolis, known as Kertajati Aerocity. Standing on 3,400 hectares or twice the size of the airport, this Aerotropolis will be a new center of economic growth [2].

Project implementation consists of five phases: preparation phase (2015), phase I (2015-2020), phase I-II (2016-2025), phase III (2025-2035) and phase IV (2035-2045). During Phase I, the project focused on airport development. Phases I-II will be concentrated on Kertajati Aerocity Development, phase III will be the growth of Kertajati as aerotropolis, and as the final phase, Kertajati Aerocity will act as an enabler of sustainable economic center. As of January 2018, airport development progress has reached 90 percent completion [3].
Project Area (in hectares)5,000
Level of Investment (in USD)267,400,000
Start Date2004
Company Names or State EnterprisesPT Angkasa Pura from Indonesia
PT Bandarudara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB) from Indonesia
PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) from Indonesia
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersThe Front Perjuangan Rakyat Sukamulya (FPRS)

Global Anti-aerotropolis Movement (GAAM)

Konsorsium Pembaruan Agraria (KPA)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
International ejos
Local ejos
Social movements
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Development of a network/collective action
Land occupation
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Potential: Air pollution, Desertification/Drought, Food insecurity (crop damage), Soil erosion, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Health ImpactsPotential: Malnutrition, Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Violence related health impacts (homicides, rape, etc..) , Health problems related to alcoholism, prostitution
Othersexual violence
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Increase in violence and crime, Loss of livelihood, Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession
Potential: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusUnder construction
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCompensation
Criminalization of activists
Violent targeting of activists
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.According to the last news in 2018 from BIJB website: "The construction of West Java International Airport Kertajati in Majalengka, West Java, is expected to be completed and can be operated by 2018"[16]
Sources and Materials

[6] Rose Bridger. Sept 2016. Sukamulya villagers resist acquisition of farmland for Kertajati Airport
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Warga Sukamulya Menolak Pembangunan BIJB
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Majalengka`s Kertajati Airport to become operational in 2017
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[2] Jokowi Pastikan Bandara Kertajati Beroperasi Pertengahan 2018
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[3] Early December, Kertajati Airport Development Reaches 76 Percent
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[4] Kertajati International Airport
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BIJB-Railink Sign Transportation MoU for Kertajati Airport
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[11] 10 villages evicted to develop a new International Airport. International Land Coalition. 2016
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[8] Warga Sukamulya Menolak Pembangunan Bandara. 2007
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[13] West Java’s Economic Ambition is in the Air. 2016
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[14] Benteng Terakhir Sukamulya Melawan Gempuran Penggusuran
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KPA facebook 5th Sept 2016
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[9] Ratusan Warga Desa Sukamulya Tolak Pembangunan BIJB. January 2016
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This Airport can Potentially Absorb the Traffic of Jakarta International Airport. 2017
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[12] Warga Sukamulya Menolak Pembangunan BIJB. KPA
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[16] RI Announce to the World, Kertajati Airport Ready to Operate
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[15]Kawasan Aerocity Bandara Kertajati Butuh Pembangkit Listrik. 2016
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[7] Warga Sukamulya “Siap Mati” Melawan Penggusuran. Sept 2016
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Media Links

[1] Aviation Expansion in Indonesia. GAAM.
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FRONT Perjuangan Rakyat Sukamulya
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Jawa Barat International Airport (BIJB) & Kertajati Aerocity
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Bandara Internasional Kertajati | Kertajati International Airport | Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat
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[5] Kemerdekaan Tidak Hadir di Desa Sukamulya Majalengka.
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Aksi Damai FPRS (Front Perjuangan Rakyat Sukamulya) Majalengka
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Other Documents

Twitter: @Vindra_Dimas Domba domba menikmati makan siang di antara pembangunan terminal utama BIJB
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Source: KPA Warga Sukamulya Menolak Pembangunan BIJB
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Source: Birdview of the Kertajati Airport in Java
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Last update20/05/2018