Crowded Soekarno-Hatta airport gets new terminal
THE main airport serving the Indonesian capital Jakarta yesterday opened a new terminal that will allow the overcrowded aviation hub to handle tens of millions more passengers a year.
Air passenger numbers are soaring in Indonesia, the world’s biggest archipelago nation and Southeast Asia’s top economy, as a growing middle class increasingly chooses to fly but ageing infrastructure is struggling to keep up.
The US$380 million terminal at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, a vast, futuristic-looking structure, will be able to handle about 25 million passengers a year once fully operational by March next year.
The other three terminals at the country’s busiest airport are currently handling about 60 million passengers a year, way over their capacity.
The first flights took off early yesterday. The terminal will start off handling only domestic Garuda flights before later running international services.
The terminal will eventually be connected to central Jakarta, about 30 kilometres away, by a rail link.
There is currently no rail line between the airport and city centre, leaving passengers facing monster traffic jams to get into Jakarta at busy times. –