Crowded Soekarno-Hatta air­port gets new ter­mi­nal

The Myanmar Times - - International Business -

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. –

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