Indonesia to upgrade six airports, including Jakarta

Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport
Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport

Indonesia’s state-owned airport operator, PT Angkasa Pura II, has unveiled plans to expand the capacity of six of its airports, including Jakarta’s main hub Soekarno-Hatta.

Under the widespread plan, which was reported by local news site, Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport in Pekanbaru, Kuala Namu Airport in Medan, Supadio Airport in Pontianak, Minangkabau Airport in Ketapang and Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport in Palembang will all be expanded to handle in excess of 20 million passengers per year. The projects are all set for completion by 2025.

PT Angkasa Pura II’s president director Budi Karya Sumadi, told that the projects were aimed at increasing direct air routes to, from and across the Indonesian archipelago, and reducing the pressure on Jakarta as a transit hub.

“Passengers will no longer have to go to Jakarta or other big cities to access international flights,” he was quoted saying on Friday.

And the company will also revamp Terminals 1 and 2 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, boosting capacity to 18m and 19m passengers per year respectively.

Construction of a new Terminal 3 will commence in 2016 and will be able to handle a maximum of 25m passengers.

A new airport rail link is also being developed, and work is about to commence on a 12,300m² terminal at Soekarno-Hatta.

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