Wamena: The authority of Ilaga Airport in Puncak, Papua has coordinated with related agencies to increase security measures ahead of the upcoming Christmas and New Year Holidays.
"This airport is the gate for visiting Ilaga, the capital of Puncak District," Head of the Ilaga Airport Herman Sujito told ANTARA after being contacted from Wamena, the capital city of Jayawijaya District, on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.
According to him, the airport serves passenger and cargo flights of Dimonim Air, Susi Air, Asian One Air, Carpendiem Air, Alda Air, Enggang Air, Semuwa Aviasi, Smart Air, and Dabi Air from and to Ilaga.
Moreover, the Ilaga Airport serves local flights within Puncak and those in the Pegunungan Tengah areas, including Sinak, Beoga, Doufa, and Wangbe.
As of Today, the inflow and outflow of passengers and cargo had yet to increase considerably. The number of passenger flights is expected to peak 10 days before Christmas. The Pegunungan Tengah areas are identified as established bases of notorious armed wings of the Free Papua Movement (OPM).
In connection with the existence of these armed Papuan groups, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw had recently cautioned about armed Papuan criminals likely initiating untoward actions in future at the mining sites of PT Freeport Indonesia prior to the commemoration of OPM's anniversary on Saturday, December 1, 2019.
According to the reports he obtained, several groups of armed Papuan rebels from Pegunungan Tengah in Jayawijaya regency were spotted in Intan Jaya regency. They were observed moving toward the mining areas of PT Freeport Indonesia.
Waterpauw admitted to having ordered security agencies' special team members to continually monitor the movements of criminals. He added that civil and religious leaders were also approached to prevent residents from being provoked by the groups.
He underlined that the security situation across Papua Province remains under control. (Antara)