The inauguration ceremony was attended by First Lady Iriana, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko and Central Kalimantan Governor Sugianto Sabran.
According to President Jokowi, the construction of the new terminal took around four and a half years. For the project, the central government allocated about Rp700 billion.
Previously, the size of the airport was five thousand square meters. After the expansion, its size rose to 29 thousand square meters.
"The airport is six times larger now. It is very big," the former Jakarta governor said.
1.27 million foreign tourists visited Indonesia in February 2019. The number grew by 6.12 percent compared to February 2018.
2.48 million foreign tourists had arrived in the country during the January-February 2019 period. The number increased by 8.19 compared to the same period last year.
"The expansion is aimed to support economic activities in Palangkaraya. We understand that Palangkaraya's economy is flourishing," Minister Budi said.
Quoting a report from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), Indonesian economy grew by 5.17 percent in 2018. It was Indonesia's highest annual growth in five years.
Indonesian economy was measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on the basis of the current price reaching Rp14,837.4 trillion and GDP per capita reaching Rp56 Million or US$3,927.
In terms of production, the highest growth was achieved by Other Service Business Fields at 8.99 percent. From expenditure side, the highest growth was achieved by the Non-Profit Institution Consumption Component Serving Households (PK-LNPRT) at 9.08 percent.
The spatial economic structure of Indonesia in 2018 was still dominated by Java and Sumatra. Java Island contributed the most to GDP which amounted to 58.48 percent, followed by Sumatra Island at 21.58 percent, and Kalimantan Island 8.20 percent.