The new Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) in Kulon Progo is an iconic structure that blends traditional Javanese arts and cultural elements with modern designs. The airport’s roof is a complex architecture design inspired by the traditional Indonesian Batik Kawung motif, while its underpass walls feature images of the Gerak Gumerah, Jathilan and Angguk Putri folk dancers. Inside, YIA is home to an impressive collection of art and sculptures by 46 local artisans, installed throughout its atriums, terminals and corridors.

With a total built-up area of 219,000sqm, the new airport can accommodate up to 20 million passengers annually and has a 3,250m long and 45m wide runway for larger airplanes such as the Boeing 777-300 and Airbus A380. It is 11 times larger than Adisutjipto Airport, making it the new gateway to Yogyakarta.

Construction of this greenfield airport was completed in an aggressive 20-month timeline on a project budget of Rp. 11.3 trillion. It was recognised by the Indonesian Record Museum (MURI) for the Fastest Airside Zone Completion and Fastest International Airport Development.

At YIA’s official inauguration in August 2020, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo described the airport’s development and construction process while highlighting its features as “the best in Indonesia so far”.

YIA is also the first airport in Indonesia to receive a GOLD Level Greenship certificate from Green Building Council Indonesia (GBCI). The assessment was based on Appropriate Site Development (ASD), Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC), Water Conservation (WAC), Material Resource and Cycle (MRC), Indoor Health and Comfort (IHC), and Building Environment Management (BEM).

As the Project Management and Supervision Consultants (PMSC), blueVisions managed the design, procurement, construction and project controls of this iconic aviation development.  Our team comprised a mix of local and international experts of PMO Manager, Project Controls Manager, Commercial Manager, Planners, Document Controllers, Quantity Surveyors and Estimators.

Edo Wirawan, Director of Indonesia, comments, “The Yogyakarta International Airport project came with its challenges such as managing a large multi-lingual and multicultural project team, construction taking place in a remote greenfield area on soft volcanic soil and even the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“By leveraging our team’s aviation expertise, and through strategic planning and constant tracking of the project as well as consistent management and coordination of the client’s expectations and wider project team, we were able to overcome the challenges and handover the project on time, on budget and to the desired quality outcome,” he continues.

blueVisions has extensive aviation project experience involving both greenfield and brownfield developments, expansions and refurbishments. Project highlights include Qantas Centre of Excellence, Qantas Club and Business Lounge Upgrade, HMAS Albatross, The Defence Simulation Program and many more.

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