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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
Name of conflict:International Airport in Kertajati or Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB), Java, Indonesia
State or province:Java
Location of conflict:Kertajati, 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 commodities:Land
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The 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].

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Project area:5,000
Level of Investment for the conflictive project267,400,000
Start of the conflict:2004
Company names or state enterprises:PT Angkasa Pura from Indonesia
PT Bandarudara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB) from Indonesia
PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) from Indonesia
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:The Front Perjuangan Rakyat Sukamulya (FPRS)
Global Anti-aerotropolis Movement (GAAM)
Konsorsium Pembaruan Agraria (KPA)
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
International ejos
Local ejos
Social movements
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
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
Other Health impactssexual violence
Socio-economical 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
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Criminalization of activists
Violent targeting of activists
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain: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 & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

[6] Rose Bridger. Sept 2016. Sukamulya villagers resist acquisition of farmland for Kertajati Airport
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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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[7] Warga Sukamulya “Siap Mati” Melawan Penggusuran. Sept 2016
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[8] Warga Sukamulya Menolak Pembangunan Bandara. 2007
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[9] Ratusan Warga Desa Sukamulya Tolak Pembangunan BIJB. January 2016
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[11] 10 villages evicted to develop a new International Airport. International Land Coalition. 2016
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[12] Warga Sukamulya Menolak Pembangunan BIJB. KPA
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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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[15]Kawasan Aerocity Bandara Kertajati Butuh Pembangkit Listrik. 2016
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[16] RI Announce to the World, Kertajati Airport Ready to Operate
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Warga Sukamulya Menolak Pembangunan BIJB
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BIJB-Railink Sign Transportation MoU for Kertajati Airport
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KPA facebook 5th Sept 2016
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Majalengka`s Kertajati Airport to become operational in 2017
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This Airport can Potentially Absorb the Traffic of Jakarta International Airport. 2017
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

[1] Aviation Expansion in Indonesia. GAAM.
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[5] Kemerdekaan Tidak Hadir di Desa Sukamulya Majalengka.
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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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Aksi Damai FPRS (Front Perjuangan Rakyat Sukamulya) Majalengka
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Contributor: GAAM, Stay Grounded and ICTA-UAB
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:3216
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