Komodo dragons join the jet-set
Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia is scheduled to become an international gateway by June. A year earlier than the governments original plans. The scheme involves US$88 million worth of investment which will pay for the terminal facilities to be expanded and the runway lengthened to accommodate long-haul aircraft.
The status of the airport is changing as the East Nusa Tenggara administration have introduced a US$1,000 membership fee to visit the nearby Komodo island. The fee is part of an effort to rebrand the island, and the famous Komodo dragons, as a premium tourists destination. The administration is hoping to attract at least 50,000 local and foreign tourists a year.
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