They are some good news for passengers flying to Jakarta: Airport Operator Angkasa Pura II, which manages 13 airports located in Western Indonesia, announced to open the first phase of the expanded Terminal 3 Ultimate by next May.The date is now confirmed as the expansion is already to 95% completed. The expanded terminal will be able to welcome up to 15 million passengers in its first phase. After completion of the second phase in February 2017, the new look terminal 3 will then offer a capacity for 25 million passengers.
The new terminal is likely to bring some relief to one of Asia’s most crowded airports. Jakarta has a capacity for only 25 million passengers while in the reality, the airport already accommodates over 61 million passengers.
The expanded terminal 3 will become the main terminal of Indonesia national carrier Garuda Indonesia. The airline will move all of its flights to the new terminal b, accompanied by SkyTeam international airlines, including Air France, China Airlines and Korean Air.
Last Wednesday, AP II President Director General Budi Karya Sumadi indicated that Angkasa Pura II was now planning to expand and renovate several airports in a bid to increase connectivity between cities in the region. Four airports at least are due to be expanded this year. Over 400 million US dollars will be spent to improve traffic fluidity at the airport.
APII has the ambition to compete with its counterparts in neighbouring countries, such as Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia. The airport authority expects that Jakarta standard of quality will increase, particularly for passengers in transit.
“Soekarno-Hatta airport has relatively small funds to compete with its counterparts in neighboring countries, but we will keep trying to improve its competitiveness as a major transit airport in the future,” Budi Karya said.