Is Indonesia undergoing a capacity crisis?

BA-CRJ1000 Garuda Indonesia
Garuda has had to delay its London route because the runway is not ready

A report released today has led to questions over capacity issues at Indonesia’s Soekarno-Hatt airport.

The hub, which is one of the busiest in the world, was only able to offer Indonesia’s biggest privately owned airline, Lion Air, the space for one hanger to build a maintenance facility. The airline was forced to build it instead on Batam, an Indonesian Island a short distance from Singapore.

In a Bloomberg report, the news service claimed that the infrastructure shortage is not keeping up with the country’s growth.

Further proof lies in the fact that Garuda Indonesia has had to push back a direct route between London and Jakarta to mid-2014 because the current runway doesn’t meet the specifications of a fully-loaded Boeing 777-300ER.

The government is considering building a second international airport within the capital to help spread the pressure being put on the hub but with the rapid fleet expansions of low cost carriers Lion Air and AirAsia – who have a combined fleet order list of US$73.8 billion – questions have been raised as to whether the country’s main airport could be decelerate growth.

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